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ACT Corrective Services Community Based Corrections

ACT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SAFETY

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About Us

Responsible for supervision of offenders subject to Court Orders; people who are subject to a supervision condition as part of bail; and for offenders subject to Community Service Conditions of a Good Behaviour Order.

Also prepares reports for the ACT Courts and the Sentence Administration Board; and provides psycho-educational and therapeutic interventions for sentenced offenders.

Referral required by ACT Courts, or for offenders whose orders have been transferred from an interstate jurisdiction.

 

Main services include;

Probation and Parole Unit:

The Probation & Parole Unit provides advice to Courts and releasing authorities on the background and attitudes of offenders on Community Based Orders (e.g bail supervision, probation, and parole) and refers offenders to appropriate community based or residential services to assist with addressing a variety of issues (e.g drug and alcohol abuse, grief and loss issues and relationship issues).

Prisoner Employment Unit:

The Prisoner Employment Unit is a team of highly dedicated community corrections staff that are responsible for the administration and implementation of the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Program, a crime prevention initiative of the ACT Government that aims to provide prisoners with the opportunity to engage in meaningful and sustainable paid employment, work experience, vocational training, and education for the purposes of rehabilitation and reintegration into the community.

Corrections Programs Unit:

The Corrections Programs Unit facilitates programs and services in the community, the Periodic Detention Centre and the Alexander Maconochie Centre. The services of the Unit are consistent with a focus on specific programs for offenders that address identified risks and criminogenic needs.

Offender Services:

Offender Services include prisoner education, AMC Library Services and Chaplaincy Co-ordination. Four Probation and Parole Case Managers and an Indigenous Liaison Officer are located on site at the AMC. The Case Managers prepare, implement and monitor Rehabilitation Plans for all detainees, remand and sentenced. These are negotiated with individual detainees to address their personal needs and criminal risk factors. Other services include the Corrections Programs Unit (CPU) which offers Alcohol and other Drug Treatment, including a Therapeutic Community based on site, Cognitive Behavioural Treatment programs, Anger Management and Sex Offender Treatment. 

 

Quick Facts About The Region

ACT Corrective Services is located in the suburbs of Canberra Central and City, the council of Canberra and the federal electorate of Canberra.