NSW Government to Scrap Successful Rehabilitation Program

The NSW government has decided to axe a rehabilitation program which has proven to be highly successful in addressing underlying issues and reducing reoffending.The Court Referral of Eligible Defendants into Treatment program (‘CREDIT’) has run on a trial basis in Tamworth and Burwood Local Court since 2009, offering defendants support and treatment to divert them away from the cycle of crime.Under the program, defendants are offered access to a broad range of services such as housing support, drug and alcohol treatment, debt repayment services, counselling for mental health and literacy programs.There are around 60 participants in the Tamworth program at any one time, run by three staff members using existing court resources. Those who demonstrate “quantifiable, verifiable evidence” of positive change are provided with a report which can help them to avoid prison.

Source: NSW Government to Scrap Successful Rehabilitation Program

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