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Options for Alternatives to Custodial Sentences. Peter Severin Commissioner, Corrective Services New South Wales. 2012 -13 Productivity Commission. 54,616 offenders under supervision (decrease) 83% male, 17% female 20% Indigenous 11,000 on Reparation Orders (Community Service)

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options for alternatives to custodial sentences

Options for Alternatives to Custodial Sentences

Peter Severin

Commissioner, Corrective Services New South Wales

2012 13 productivity commission
2012 -13 Productivity Commission
  • 54,616 offenders under supervision (decrease)
  • 83% male, 17% female
  • 20% Indigenous
  • 11,000 on Reparation Orders (Community Service)
  • 46,000 on Supervision Orders (Bonds, Parole)
  • 500 on restricted movement (Intensive Bail, Home Detention)
cost 2012 2013
Cost 2012 - 2013
  • Prison: $ 221.92 per prisoner per day

(ACT $ 300.14 / NSW $ 188.82)

  • Community: $ 22.97 per offender per day

(WA $ 45.20 / QLD $ 13.64)

re offending
Re-offending
  • 72.7 % of orders are successfully completed
  • 40.3 % of released prisoners return to prison within two years
  • 46.4% of released prisoners return to corrections within two years
  • 14.2% of offenders discharged from community return to a community sanction
  • 24.8% of offenders discharged from community return to corrections
efficacy of community sanctions
Efficacy of Community sanctions
  • Efficient response to offending and to reintegration from prison
  • Better integrated response to risk and needs in a ‘real life’ setting
  • Better recidivism outcomes
  • All studies confirm ‘It Works’
  • Opportunity for Reparation
need for a new narrative
Need for a New Narrative
  • The Jill Meagher murder has changed the landscape
  • Judicial and Community confidence needs to be restored / enhanced
  • Focus on compliance management underpinned by strong case management
  • Community sanctions are not soft options
  • Need for better and more integrated communication in criminal justice
structuring orders differently
Structuring Orders differently
  • Pre Sentence Report relevance
  • Conditions must be relevant and tailored
  • Duration of orders should be flexible
  • Corrections needs to offer ‘real’ intervention options / solutions
  • Reduced number of sanctions with enhanced suite of conditions is more effective
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