South Nowra Jail one of seven new sites to tackle reoffending

Senior Case Management Officer of the new Custodial Care Management Unit at the South Coast Correctional Centre, Gayle Thomas.

Senior Case Management Officer of the new Custodial Care Management Unit at the South Coast Correctional Centre, Gayle Thomas.

Ten new jobs have been created in the Nowra region as part of the South Coast Correctional Centre’s drive to reduce reoffending.

Inmates with a risk of reoffending are being targeted under a new Corrective Services NSW management model that includes tailor-made programs while in custody and support in place for their release.

CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said the new Custodial Care Management Units would employ about 150 experienced staff across the state, tailoring high-quality case plans to specific needs of individual offenders.

"We are committed to driving down the rate of reoffending and these newly created positions form part of a clear plan to address that,” Mr Severin said.

Ten new jobs are coming to the area with a Custodial Care Management Unit to tackle reoffending being established at the South Nowra Jail.

Ten new jobs are coming to the area with a Custodial Care Management Unit to tackle reoffending being established at the South Nowra Jail.

“The improved model provides a more consistent continuous approach to case managing offenders throughout their contact with the correctional system, particularly in cases where they cycle between community supervision and custody.”

The new unit at Nowra is one of seven being created across the state.

They are part of a $237 million strategy funded by the NSW Government to reduce the rate of reoffending.

Almost 20,000 inmates are expected to benefit from the new case management approach over the next three years, which will support a reduction in the state’s reoffending rate.

Heading up the new unit in Nowra is Nigel Webb, who said it would provide more targeted opportunities to engage with offenders to address offending behaviours and patterns of thinking.

“Our dedicated team of specialists will case manage inmates continuously so they have access to the appropriate programs while in custody, and the right support as they approach release,” Mr Webb said.

Senior Case Management Officer Gayle Thomas said she was excited to join the unit.

“We have an extremely enthusiastic and professional team with decades of combined experience across a number of different specialties,” Ms Thomas said.

“It’s a great opportunity to deliver the new and improved case management processes to maximise the delivery of the existing programs and services CSNSW offers and ultimately support inmates in reducing their reoffending behaviours.”

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