10 by 20 – Reducing reoffending
On 11 August 2016, the State Government unveiled an ambitious strategy to improve community safety and address reoffending. South Australia has experienced dramatic growth in prisoner numbers since 2004.
Reducing Reoffending: 10% by 2020 aims to achieve a 10% reduction in the number of people who return to correctional services by 2020.
The target seeks to address key challenges in the South Australian prison system.
The 2016 Report on Government Services reported that 46% of adults released from prison in South Australia returned to correctional services (either prison or community corrections) within two years of release.
To progress the strategy, the then Minister for Correctional Services appointed a Strategic Policy Panel, which was tasked with investigating “best practice in correctional services policy to identify strategies that reduce rates of reoffending and promote rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes.”
Membership for the Panel consisted of:
- Mr Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO – Panel Chair, National leader and Indigenous advocate
- Emeritus Professor Anne R Edwards AO – Former Vice Chancellor of Flinders University
- Hon Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO – Former CEO of Anglicare, Former Premier of SA
- Ms Amanda Blair – Company director, columnist and broadcaster
- Mr Mal Hyde AO APM OStJ – Former SA Police Commissioner
- Mrs Nikki Govan – Deputy Chair of Business SA
- Mr Michael O’Connell APM – Commissioner for Victims’ Rights
The Panel’s report was released publically on 9 December 2016. The Panel has set out six strategies with 36 associated recommendations as the basis for a more comprehensive approach to achieving the 10% target by 2020.
Through these strategies, the Panel aims to ensure that actions undertaken by DCS and its partner organisations are part of a holistic response to offending and reoffending behaviour.
Successful Return to Community with individualised case management plans for all offenders from entry to the corrections system to six months post-release, where appropriate.
Employment and Industry where partnerships are developed between DCS and the South Australian business sector to improve the employment outcomes for prisoners and offenders.
Prioritising Target Cohorts to ensure programs are targeted to groups to achieve the best results, which include women offenders, prisoners on short sentences, individuals on remand, and offenders in community corrections.
Strategy for Aboriginal Offenders to ensure targeted and culturally appropriate services and programs. All of the Panel’s recommendations must consider the specific and cultural needs of Aboriginal offenders when being implemented.
DCS Agency and Staff Response that allows for change within the current system to ensure that the target is supported by DCS’s culture, resources, capabilities and structures.
Partnerships and Collaboration with other government agencies and public and private sector partners that ensure the successful delivery of services and programs.