Breaking the Cycle

On Monday 29 August 2016, The Minister for Corrections, Dr Vanessa Goodwin, launched ‘Breaking the Cycle- A Safer Community : Strategies for Improving the Throughcare for Offenders 2016-2020’.

This document contains additional goals and strategies that support throughcare and will sit alongside the Breaking the Cycle Strategic Plan for Tasmanian Corrections 2011-2020. While continuing to support the goals of Breaking the Cycle, Corrections also needs to increase its focus over the coming years on assisting the effective and smooth transition of people from their first contact with Corrections to successful reintegration into the community. The strategies are a mixture of long-term and short-term actions to be undertaken in Corrections and are the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders.

Alcohol and other drugs are mentioned seven times in the document with AOD seen as having clear links to offending. The document has several goals related to AOD- to increase access to withdrawal, drug treatment and abstinence units, to implement a Tasmanian Prison Service Drug and Alcohol Strategy and to screen for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

The report can be found here.