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Victorian Budget outcomes 2016-17
Corrections Victoria has been allocated $401 million funding to provide-much needed support for prisons and Community Correctional Services to better protect the community from high-risk offenders, respond to growth in the number of offenders and reduce reoffending, as well as upgrading the Metropolitan Remand Centre to full functionality.
An extra $84 million is being committed over four years to strengthen the management of serious sex offenders and respond to recommendations set out in the Harper Review. This includes:
- new 20-bed secure specialist facility to treat and manage serious sex offenders on supervision orders
- accommodation facility for serious sex offenders with a cognitive disability or acquired brain injury
- strengthened mental health services for high risk serious sex offenders, transitional programs, and a threat assessment tool
- development of a new model to oversee the post-sentence scheme for serious sex offenders.
Community Correctional Services is being significantly boosted, with $233.4 million in funding to provide:
- extra staff to respond to the growth in the number of Community Correction Orders and deliver stronger case management to reduce repeat offending
- specialised staff to provide court advice on order conditions and prosecute offenders who breach their orders.
Finally, the Budget also responds to the significant growth in remand prisoners, providing $95.3 million towards improvements and infrastructure upgrades at the Metropolitan Remand Centre.
Link to the Acting Minister for Corrections' budget announcement http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/budget-delivers-more-police-targets-high-risk-offenders-to-keep-victorians-safe/
Link to the State Budget Papers website https://www.budget.vic.gov.au/