Victoria – the worst prison system money can buy

Today’s release of the Report of Government Services data confirms that under Daniel Andrews, Victoria continues to operate the most expensive, yet worst performing correctional system of any state in the nation.

In its annual report, the Productivity Commission has found Victoria pays $317.90 per prisoner per day, compared to only $197.45 in New South Wales and $231.39 Australia wide.

Despite funding the most expensive correctional system in the nation, Victoria maintains the highest reoffending rate of any state - with 57 per cent of Victorian inmates released from prison returning to jail or community corrections within two years.

Today’s data also confirmed Victoria has the lowest rate of completion of community corrections orders in Australia, with only 56.4 per cent of order being completed, compared to an average of 68.8 per cent nationally.

Furthermore, concerning safety trends are emerging within Victoria’s prisons, with the number of deaths from unnatural causes and the rate of serious prisoner on staff assaults both at 10 year highs.

Under Daniel Andrews, Victoria is running what is the most expensive, worst performing and fast becoming the most unsafe correctional system of any state in the nation.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, David Southwick:

“Victoria’s prisons under Daniel Andrews are the nation’s most expensive, yet worst performing and fast becoming the most unsafe.

“Daniel Andrews is wasting the opportunity to break the cycle of offending, meaning more hardened criminals will be in our community harming others.”

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