Home Detention Evaluation

In 2016 there were a number of legislative, policy and program changes to expand current Home Detention provisions, these included:

  1. Expanding Release Ordered Home Detention; and
  2. Establishing a new sentencing option, Court Ordered (Sentenced) Home Detention.

To support offenders to successfully complete their home detention sentence, DCS developed the Home Detention Integrated Support Services Program (HISSP), being delivered by OARS Community Transitions, in partnership with Red Cross. HISSP provides individualised supports and services to offenders on home detention.

In order to determine the potential impacts and improvements associated with these changes, DCS engaged the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales (UNSW), to undertake an independent evaluation of the changes to home detention in South Australia.

The evaluation will include:

  • A process evaluation, which will examine the effectiveness of service delivery models for home detention and HISSP.
  • An outcomes evaluation, which will measure the effect that changes to home detention, including HISSP, has had on offenders. Key outcome indicators will include community integration, social and vocational participation, health, and reoffending.
  • An economic evaluation, which will integrate a cost-effectiveness analysis to examine hoem detention and HISSP outcomes in context of program costs and benefits and the associated client pathways.

UNSW have developed their first report, Evaluation of SA Home Detention Research Report 1 – Baseline Analysis.

Key initial findings in the Report include:

  • Less than one-fifth of the cohort breached their home detention order.
  • 19.6% of those who served an home detention order returned to custody for a re-offence during the 24 month follow up period (June 2015 to June 2017) following the completion of their home detention order. This is significantly lower than the national rate of 52.6% of adult offenders released from prison during 2013-2014 who returned to corrective services within 2 years.


  • Download: Home Detention Evaluation Report (520.7 KB PDF)