John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    New Department of Corrective Services established

    1/02/2006 11:36 AM
     
    01/02/06

    Western Australia’s new Department of Corrective Services will be responsible for managing adult and juvenile offenders in prisons or other facilities and for those serving community-based sentences.

    Justice Minister John D'Orazio said the new department, headed by Acting Commissioner Ian Johnson, would begin operating today.

    Mr D’Orazio said the creation of the new department was a key recommendation of the inquiry into the management of offenders by retired New South Wales judge His Honour Dennis Mahoney AO QC.

    “Community safety and reducing re-offending will be the new department’s priorities,” the Minister said.

    “This means ensuring that offenders meet the terms of their sentences and that when they complete them, they are better equipped to reintegrate into the community.

    “There will be a special emphasis on addressing re-offending among Aboriginal offenders.

    “Improving the safety of, and training provided to, custodial and community corrections staff will also be an important focus.”

    Mr D’Orazio said the Government was committed to providing more secure prisons and improved working conditions for community and custodial staff to enable the department to:
    • continue the five-year decline in escape rates from WA prisons;
    • implement new measures to classify prisoners so all offenders were placed appropriately;
    • provide better supervision of offenders in the community;
    • improve offender participation in work and training, including work that directly benefits the community through RepayWA; and
    • increase the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation programs.
    “I am confident that Western Australians can look forward to continuing improvement in the performance of its corrections system,” the Minister said.

    The new Internet address for the Department of Corrective Services is http://www.correctiveservices.wa.gov.au.

    The website will include information about:
    • adult offenders in custody;
    • adult offenders in the community;
    • juvenile offenders in detention;
    • juvenile offenders in the community; and
    • support for victims:
      • a victim notification register
      • victim-offender mediation.
    The new external telephone numbers for contacting the Department of Corrective Services are 9264 1711 or 13 12 17. Other contact options, including email addresses, can be found on the website.

    Telephone and fax numbers for prisons and community justice staff remain the same.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150