NSW Auditor: 75% Prisoners without Programs

This report was presented to the NSW Parliament by Ian Goodwin, Auditor-General, on the 3rd of May 2017. It found that 75% of prisoners identified as being in need of a program did not receive one by their earliest parole release date. Consequently, they were held in custody for longer than necessary, and in many cases, being released with little to no intervention to address offending behaviour. 

Other key findings included:

  • Program resourcing is insufficient to meet current prisoner demand
  • The accessibility of programs is limited for certain groups, particularly sex offenders requiring moderate intensity programs and serious violent offenders
  • The effectiveness of programs in reducing reoffending behaviour has not been established in the context of NSW


  • A more systematic approach to data is needed to adequately assess program effectiveness
  • Resourcing benchmarks must be established to meet demand for programs
  • Prison program performance indicators should be established, and monitored and assessed quarterly
  • There should be an independent evaluation of program effectiveness   


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