Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Crackdown on WA's worst criminals wins national crime prevention awards

    23/10/2007 11:13 AM

    A Western Australian program that tackles the State’s most hardened juvenile prisoners, has won a national crime prevention award.

    Of the four big winners announced at the National Crime Prevention Awards in Canberra this morning, two programs were developed by the Department of Corrective Services.

    WA’s Intensive Supervision Program (ISP), which targeted 200 of the State’s most serious young criminals, has delivered impressive results, in particular a 73 per cent reduction in recidivism of those in the program and a significant reduction in the number of serious offences committed.

    Up to 80 per cent of serious crime is committed by a group of about 200 hard-core offenders.

    WA’s other winner was the Caversham Training and Enterprise Centre, which offers courses for teenagers between 15 and 19 who are no longer in school and display risk factors associated with criminal and anti-social behaviour.

    The number of students at risk of re-offending had decreased significantly and there was an increase in those continuing in employment, work experience or education after completing their course. The successful program is now run through the agency Directions WA.

    Corrective Services Minister Margaret Quirk said the award for the ISP program, the first of its kind in Australia, was particularly satisfying.

    The program involves teams of specialist staff working intensively with the families of young offenders for up to six months, in a home and community-based model. This allows for flexible, out-of-hours visits to suit family needs.

    “This result demonstrates the Government’s commitment to community safety,” Ms Quirk said.

    “This program has reduced the level of re-offending among hardened juvenile criminals. It is a world’s best practice program that is delivering real results.

    “The Government has taken a tough approach to community sentences and it is paying off.

    “ISP is a true success story that has achieved positive results. It focuses on individual students and prepares them with accredited skills for employment, as well as addressing their overall welfare.”

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