Corrections Minister launches Extra Offender Management Service in Parramatta

Offenders on notice: Corrections Minister David Elliott said the new program is an opportunity for offenders to address the issues that underlie their criminal behaviour, such as drug and alcohol or anger issues.
Offenders on notice: Corrections Minister David Elliott said the new program is an opportunity for offenders to address the issues that underlie their criminal behaviour, such as drug and alcohol or anger issues.

Persistent offenders and repeat offenders charged with a current domestic-violence offence will be targeted by an innovative rehabilitation program to be rolled out in Parramatta.

The Extra Offender Management Service (EOMS) is an innovative $32 million program which is part of the state government's reforms to reduce reoffending and make our communities safer.

As part of the program, offenders are offered counselling and intervention as soon as they're issued with a court attendance notice by police and before they appear in court. The service is also available when offenders are released from custody without a supervised order.

Arbias Ltd will deliver the service in Parramatta, Liverpool and Burwood.

"Offenders will immediately be offered the opportunity to receive one-on-one interventions to turn their lives around and make a positive contribution to the community," Corrections Minister David Elliott said.

"EOMS enables access to intervention at times where it previously was not available."

Parramatta MP Geoff Lee added:

"Offender participation in programs before sentencing will show the court they are willing to address their reoffending."

Justice NSW will assess participation rates in these areas and has plans to expand to other areas where there are a large number of offenders with a medium to high risk of reoffending, and where persistent offenders are having a significant impact on the community.