Corrective Services NSW

Reoffending Rates

The most recent data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows the annual average reoffending rate for adults exiting custody within 12 months is 28.1 per cent.

The 28.1 per cent rate relates to the cohort of prisoners released from custody in the 12-month period up to the end of March 2021.

Reducing reoffending is a very significant challenge for all correctional jurisdictions and all communities. Desistance from crime by an individual is a complex, psychosocial process that requires among other things a permanent and positive shift in a person's identity and sense of belonging. This is needed to facilitate reintegration into the community and the establishment of a law-abiding lifestyle.

This process of transition away from crime is different for each individual and is facilitated through social, economic, or other positive life changes that enhance an individual's strengths and build positive social capital and resilience.

With all our rehabilitation efforts, we will pay particular attention to inmates at higher risk of reoffending.

As part of our work to make prisons better places for achieving rehabilitation outcomes, we will provide more opportunities for inmates to learn and the chance to change their lives. 

Last updated:

21 Feb 2024

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