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DV offenders targeted in NSW jail program

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016

A $237 million investment in rehabilitation targeting domestic violence perpetrators and other high-risk reoffenders has been announced by the NSW government.

More than 300 psychologists and other skilled staff will be hired by Corrective Services NSW to ensure inmates serving a sentence of six months or less participate in a rehabilitation program.

The program will also involve one-on-one case management and intervention for priority domestic violence defendants after they have been charged but before they are sentenced, Corrections Minister David Elliot announced on Wednesday.

"The reoffending rate in NSW is too high and this funding seeks to punish offenders for their crime, while simultaneously intervene to rehabilitate them and put them back on the right path," Mr Elliot said in a statement.

The funding boost will also introduce 10 high-intensity program units targeted at about 1200 prisoners each year who are serving short sentences of six months or less.

Mr Elliot said the aim was to reduce the rate of adult reoffending by five per cent and reduce domestic violence.

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