In 2009 PricewaterhouseCoopers completed their evaluation report on the Better Pathways strategy, the 2005-09 strategy of Corrections Victoria for women offenders and prisoners.
While noting significant limitations in relation to the data due to the two year time lag in measuring recidivism, the evaluation report was very positive about the Better Pathways Strategy. The findings concluded that:
- Better Pathways has contributed to a reduction in the rate of imprisonment
- responsiveness of the corrections system to women has improved
- access to services has improved
- some programs should be considered as key enablers, rather than initiatives in and of themselves
- correlation to recidivism outcomes is unclear at this stage
- the range of tailored community and transitional support programs provided by Better Pathways have kept women out of prison.
See the executive summary and report card below for details of these findings.