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Punitive rehabilitation in New South Wales: New developments in community corrections.

Weelands, Denise
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Australia and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2009: Conference Proceedings. Pg. 285-293.

This paper will raise questions about the intensification of punitive rehabilitation in New South Wales by examining two
new developments in community corrections, the Community Offender Support Program (COSP) and the proposed
introduction of an intensive corrections order (ICO) to replace the periodic detention order. The Program is said to be able to
offer short term and crisis accommodation for offenders, enhanced supervision for those experiencing difficulty on
community orders, rehabilitative experiences, and assistance to make connections with community services needed for
reintegration. COSPs are classified as residential centres for offenders on community based orders. However most of those
to be built in 2009 are to be located in the grounds or adjacent to correctional centres and are best characterised as
punitive not rehabilitative regimes. One of COSP’s purposes is to manage offenders who find it difficult to comply with the
multiple and intrusive conditions of the ICO. I suggest that these developments are much more likely to recycle offenders
through the correctional system than they are to reintegrate them. (Authors abstract)


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