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​​​Targeting repeat offenders with intensive case management

New un​its part of the NSW Government's $237 million Strategy to Reduce Reoffending

Publication date: Thursday, 6 April 2017

New Custodial Case Management Units will be rolled out in correctional centres across NSW within the next two years as part of the NSW Government's Strategy to Reduce Reoffending, to make communities safer.

The new case management program will create continuous, consistent rehabilitation and monitoring plans for offenders, whether they are in custody, or under the supervision of Community Corrections.

Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said that the new case management service will focus on offenders who are at a medium to high risk of reoffending.

Case managers will work directly with offenders to identify the causes of their criminal behaviour and develop intensive plans to change that behaviour. Case managers will refer offenders to programs designed to address specific behaviours – such as violence and addiction – and they will closely monitor each offender's progress.

Part of the new custodial case management approach will be increased emphasis on preparing offenders for their release from custody, and these preparations will start right at the beginning of an offender's sentence.

"We are committed to driving down the rate of reoffending and to do that we've got to get to the heart of why they offend and have a very clear plan to address it, from the start of their prison sentence through to their reintegration in the community," Mr Severin said.

Mr Severin said he expects almost 20,000 inmates to have benefited from the new case management approach by the middle of 2020.

The Case Management Units will create 150 new temporary correctional jobs across NSW, including in regional centres.