Publication date: Thursday, 7 December 2017
As part of the NSW Government's $237 million investment to reduce reoffending in NSW, Corrective Services NSW is establishing 10 High Intensity Program Units in correctional centres across the state and is seeking NGOs to assist with delivering services and programs to offenders.
The new units, known as HIPUs, are designed to address the therapeutic needs of up to 1,200 male and female inmates on short-term custodial sentences by providing intensive services and programs over a four-month period.
Commissioner of Corrective Services Peter Severin said that a significant number of inmates receive prison sentences of six months or less and that until now, these inmates have had limited access to intensive programs and services that can help them stop reoffending.
"These new High Intensity Program Units will address the unique needs of these inmates by combining in-house programs with the expertise of NGOs and external providers," Mr Severin said.
NGOs and other service providers will deliver services and activities that focus on planning for an offender's return to the community at the end of their prison sentence, health and social issues, education, and offenders' connections with their community and culture.
A tender process for interested NGOs will open on Friday, 15 December 2017.
Interested NGOs are invited to attend one of six information sessions in December:
For more information or to RSVP, please email Jordan Harcourt-Hughes at
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