The 12 weeks following release from custody is a critical period for parole success. The Initial Transitional Service (ITS) is an initiative of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) designed to provide additional reintegration support to medium-high and high-risk offenders for 12 weeks immediately following release from custody. It is a voluntary program, delivered by non-government not-for-profit organisations (arbias, CRC, Salvation Army) to address dynamic risk factors relevant to reintegration and reoffending, as identified in the CSNSW case plan. The ITS was initiated in 2014 and has recently been expanded. This study aimed to evaluate the first phase, examining program reach and completion, and impact on reoffending.
Data from the ITS were examined for 1274 offenders (16% female; 41% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island at 14 (primarily metropolitan) locations, who were referred during the first 3 years of the ITS (2014-2017). The most common domains offenders were referred to for support were accommodation (73% of offenders), alcohol and other drugs (AOD) (66%), and emotional and mental health (50%). More than 10% of offenders (n=156) were referred to the ITS more than once.
ITS data were linked with CSNSW and BOCSAR databases to examine impact on reoffending using a quasi-experimental design. This presentation will discuss implications for service delivery, with a focus on offenders with complex needs including mental illness, Aboriginal offenders, and women.

Suzanne Morony
Corrections Research Evaluation and Statistics (CRES), Corrective Services NSW
Senior Research Analyst

Biography: Dr Suzanne Morony has a background in organisational psychology, comparative educational research, and public health. She is interested in health and education needs of offenders, and offenders with complex needs.

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