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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