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Recruiting Reintegration Caseworkers Begins

28 May 2006

Corrections Begins Recruiting Reintegration Caseworkers

Corrections has begun recruiting reintegration caseworkers to support enhanced reintegration services aimed at reducing re-offending by helping prisoners prepare for their release from prison.

General Manager Integration Phil McCarthy says, “We are advertising nationally for 14 reintegration caseworkers to help prisoners prepare for their reintegration into the community after release from prison.

“Around a quarter of prisoners are re-imprisoned within a year of their release. Research shows that prisoners who don’t reintegrate well back into the community are more likely to re-offend.

“The new reintegration caseworkers will help reduce re-offending by addressing problems research shows are likely to increase prisoners’ risk of re-offending on release. Common problems include accessing accommodation, finding employment, managing relationships, accessing community support, and managing finances.”

Corrections received funding for 16 reintegration caseworkers in last year’s budget and is currently advertising for 14 positions throughout New Zealand: 3 servicing Northland Region Corrections Facility, Auckland Prison, and Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility; 2 servicing Waikeria Prison; 3 servicing Hawkes Bay Prison and Wanganui Prison; 3 servicing Rimutaka Prison, Wellington Prison and Arohata Prison; and 3 servicing Christchurch Prison, Christchurch Women's Prison and Rolleston Prison.

They will be joined by a further two caseworkers next year in time for the opening of the Otago Region Corrections Facility and the Spring Hill Corrections Facility.

The positions are advertised on jobs.govt.nz.

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