Corrective Services NSW

CSNSW history

A brief history of corrective services in NSW

"Corrective services" is the name given to the work of punishing and reforming people convicted by the courts. This includes people who are sent to prison and those subject to court orders, such as good behaviour bonds. Today the latter group far outnumber inmates in prison. 

Explore the following pages to learn about the development of corrective services over time in New South Wales. 

Last updated:

18 May 2023

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