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Message from the Commissioner

Message from the Commissioner James McMahon

The Department of Corrective Services (DCS) aims to be a world class corrective services organisation which provides support to the justice system and the community of Western Australia by ensuring the security and safety of the community, staff and those in the Department’s care.

As Commissioner, I administer the following Acts, which provide the legislative basis for managing adult and young offenders in custody and under supervision within the community:

  • Prisons Act 1981
  • Young Offenders Act 1994
  • Sentence Administration Act 2003

The Department's updated website provides a range of useful information on our complex and vital work, and reflects a number of changes since I became Commissioner in October 2013.

We have a new organisational structure and developed a new vision, mission and values statement. A significant reform program is refocusing DCS on our core functions of protecting the public, improving rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. It aligns with our new motto: to protect, to rehabilitate and to serve.

Our reform program has already resulted in significant achievements such as:

  • A Youth Justice Board to oversee the DCS Youth Justice Services division and to advise on innovative solutions to youth offending.
  • Culturally appropriate and collaborative initiatives to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody.
  • Completion of 82,030 hours of unpaid community work by adult offenders. These opportunities ensure offenders undertake meaningful work and develop prosocial skills while repaying their debt to society.
  • Progress on optimising existing custodial facilities and planning for future infrastructure, including expansion of Acacia Prison and a new Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison.
  • Greater use of empirical evidence and data to shape our decisions.
  • Emphasis on an integrated, collaborative and coordinated approach to offender management.

Corrections is a complex environment, managing the expectations of the community, victims and all those affected by crime. As a community, we are all affected, and we all play a part in providing and improving rehabilitation. The Department has embraced the need to change to meet this challenge, working with dedication and resilience, and will continue to do so to help provide a safer community.

For the Department's dedicated staff, Corrective Services is more than a job – it is about service. In carrying out our mission we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect the community, the people in our care and each other.

James McMahon

Page last updated: 17-Oct-2016