A new jail every two years - that is what's required to house NSW's prisoners.
Prisoner numbers in NSW jails have exceeded 10,000 and experts predict the NSW Government will breach its promise to slash reoffending rates.
Experts say Government forecasts of 300 extra prisoners each year means NSW will need to build a new jail every two years to handle the consequences of its hard-line "lock-'em-up" policies.
At a cost of about $73,000 a prisoner a year, the Department of Corrective Services will have to find about $170 million extra each year from 2015 to run its jails, which by then will hold about 12,300 inmates.
Prison populations have been increasing in the Western world and other Australian states [because of the New World Order, (spelt backwoods) (OWN), fascist crack-down policies, trial by media, false flag operations by states (state terror), and draconian laws.], but the problem is [also] acute in NSW due to its tougher law-and-order policies.
[Trial by media, no double jeopardy rule in criminal courts: So people can be tried until they're found guilty – not just by the court but by the media posting endless sound-bites - regardless of a finding. The Judge can sack a jury member without sacking the entire Jury: That means the government can easily manipulate trials. People are convicted on circumstantial evidence and hearsay regardless of whether that circumstantial evidence is flawed and or whether they have a witness, weapon or body. Even those that may be innocent are driven into being made guilty.]
Changes to bail laws have [also] led to an explosion in numbers of inmates awaiting trial (on remand).
The director of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Dr Don Weatherburn, said while tougher policies initially reduced crime significantly, they were now having less of an effect.
[Rubbish because recidivism was around 47 per cent now Weatherburn is saying 70 per cent, which is a gross failure. Throwing more people in jail is just a big brother tactic (crack-downs) (which only drives a wedge in the community) and no long term solution and Weatherburn knows it, more likely than not just towing the governments line. In other words a government stooge on a huge pay rate that will do or say anything to save face.]
[Weatherburn]"We seem to have reached the point where rising imprisonment rates are bringing diminishing marginal returns … (by) 2004 the rising rate of imprisonment in NSW exerted little if any measurable effect on property or violent crime," he said.
Experts say the failure to seriously tackle recidivism means the State Government will almost certainly break its commitment in the State Plan to reduce by 10 per cent the number of criminals who reoffend within two years of being convicted.
The cost of holding a prisoner is now $196 a day, and each new 600-bed jail adds an average of $43 million to the annual Corrective Services budget at a time when collapsing revenue is forcing the Government to slash services and increase taxes.
Previous jail time is the best predictor of whether someone will reoffend, but concern is rising over the relentless increase in prisoner numbers and the fact that 70 per cent of inmates have been in jail before.
Michael Edwards, who worked for Corrective Services for 26 years and who designed the department's major sex offender program, described that percentage as "a truly scary number, if it's correct". To combat the huge number of repeat offenders, the Government promised in its State Plan that by 2016 it would cut by 10 per cent the number of criminals who reoffend within two years of being convicted.
But numerous experts have [said] prison numbers will continue to climb because so little is spent on rehabilitation.
Prisoner numbers have risen from less than 4000 to 10,000 in the last 20 years, and are heading to an expected 12,300 by 2015.
The latest Bureau of Crime Statistics study was pessimistic, stating: "Without improvements in the level and type of treatment and support for offenders placed on community-based sentencing orders, it will be very difficult to achieve the State Plan goal of a 10 per cent reduction in reoffending by 2016."
[In-]Justice Minister John Hatzistergos conceded the State Plan target might not be met, calling it "a significant challenge".
University of NSW emeritus professor of law David Brown said the department had not done enough to help offenders reintegrate into the community, while the Government and Opposition kept ratcheting up sentence lengths and denying more people bail.
"The key to reducing recidivism levels for the department is better programs and more targeted post-release assistance, such as housing," Professor Brown said.
More effort should also go into keeping juveniles out of prison, as once they had been in juvenile detention they were more likely to end up in an adult prison.
"The Government should reconsider the bail law changes and in particular remove juveniles from the scope of recent changes such as loss of presumption of bail for those with previous property offences," he said. "They are wrecking one of the major social policy successes of the last 20 to 30 years."
It's a trend that infuriates many inside Corrective Services, and the few organisations like [Justice Action] that try to keep prisoners out of jail once they are released.
"The current inaction by the State Government to address more effective alternatives to imprisonment and the perpetuation of the politics of fear is summed up clearly by Albert Einstein's definition of insanity - 'continuing to do the same things and expecting a different result'," said Alison Churchill, chief executive of the Community Restorative Centre - the main government-funded group helping offenders after release from jail - in her 2006 annual report.
[However, one has to throw more caution into the wind because 'Government funded groups' have to do what the government says otherwise they don't get any funding. So the problems are likely to be much worse than their annual report states.]
Overtime bills for prison officers are running at $43 million a year, more than double the budgeted $20 million, and the Government wants private companies to take over the running of Cessnock and Parklea prisons in an effort to save about $16 million in the next three years.
The decision is expected to escalate the industrial war between the prison officers' union and the department, which has already led to one 24-hour strike across many jails.
Experts say cutting wages and jail running costs is only playing at the margins and that unless major policy changes are made the prison population will continue growing.
Dr Weatherburn said entrenched attitudes were the main problem.
"The biggest challenge facing us is … the widespread belief … that trying to change offenders is a waste of time. It isn't," he said.
Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham declined interview requests [but he's been one of the main problems all along... because he just does the state parliaments bidding crooked or not otherwise he doesn't have a job either.]
[What does that say about In-Justice Minister John Hatzistergos? He's also part of the problem and a person who has tendered to create problems over the years relying on the NSW government coffers as an endless cash cow for state taxpayers pockets without fixing any of the problems but making those problems allot worse.]
Quote: Build more jails and just accept a AA+ rating?
Gordon Wood jailed for 17 years Gordon Wood has been jailed for 17 years for the murder of Sydney model Caroline Byrne because he was endlessly tried by the media.
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Adler punished for being in prison NSW: Sydney businessman Rodney Adler has been transferred to a higher-security prison as punishment for allegedly attempting to conduct business activities from jail even though people are sent to prison for punishment not to be punished?
Department of Corrective Services fails to rehabilitate offenders NSW: Unpopular people will be forced to wear tracking devices at a cost of $5,000 dollars per unit because the NSW Department of Corrective Services failed to rehabilitate those offenders at a cost of $65,000 a year while they were held in custody for many years.
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Chronology - A History of Australian Prisons [Allegedly:] The events that have shaped NSW prisons - from convict days through royal commissions, to the Supermax of today. [I say allegedly because no one should trust Four Corners [Walls], why? Because they spill out the propaganda of the day for the Government, whether it be wrong or right. A government that lies and has no remorse about it.]