Murray Bridge Community Corrections aims to reduce reoffending

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

As South Australia's government aims to reduce criminal reoffending by 10 per cent before 2020, organisations such as Murray Bridge Community Corrections are putting in the work on the ground.

They make sure men and women are abiding by the conditions of their bail, parole or community service; and link them to services which address risk factors relating to their previous crimes.

Their goal is to help those ex-offenders leave the justice system, never to return.

Team supervisor Jane Fry and her colleagues are often seen as police by the people they supervise, but she said they only had their clients' best interests at heart.

"It's the ones who don't want to leave their old life we have a problem with," she said.

"If they're ready to stop doing drugs, get housing, stop associating with criminals, they're fine with us."

Still, she said a lot of the men who came out of Mobilong had burnt bridges and needed to make new connections; MBCC could help there, too.

Correctional Services Minister Chris Picton said a progress report on the government's "10 by 20" strategy showed 59pc more prisoners had begun participating in education, and that 1400 were now employed.

The government recently signed a $2.7 million contract with WorkSkil for more "work ready, release ready" training plans for prisoners.


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