GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Corrective Services NSW Community Projects Program is a successful community based rehabilitation program for inmates. Each correctional centre in New South Wales has a Community Consultative Committee which identifies worthy projects in consultation with local government and non-profit organisations.
Only inmates with appropriate security classifications can work on community projects outside correctional centres. Inmates participating in the program are involved in a variety of maintenance and building projects which not only benefit the local communities but also provide training and work experience. This training and work experience is beneficial to the inmates, as they work towards their reintegration back into the community.
The Community Projects Program also provides inmate labour to local councils for projects that in most cases would not have been allocated council resources and therefore not undertaken at all. Typical work involves ground maintenance, tree planting, rubbish removal and painting, plus building and fence repairs. Small scale construction work is also done.
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The program enables offenders to make reparation to the community through appropriate work projects for non-profit organisations.
At left: NSW Animal Rescue teamed up with Corrective Services NSW to save the lives of abused and neglected animals. The rescue organisation is an accredited Corrective Services NSW worksite that hosts both male and female inmates from various correctional centres. The inmates maintain and clean the facilities, plus nurse sick animals back to health.
Above: Shoalhaven City Council enlisted the help of South Coast Correctional Centre inmates to clean up the local area's ongoing problem with the illegal dumping of waste.