Forbes Community Corrections is continuing to offer crucial programs to offenders living remotely thanks to the LiViT video conference platform.
LiViT allows offenders to participate virtually in psychology services and group programs on dedicated laptops or computer booths, to help reduce their risk of reoffending.
Forbes Community Corrections Manager Natalie Talbot said the virtual platform was introduced because some rural communities, such as Condobolin, had no access to in-person programs.
“Forbes Community Corrections provides community supervision to offenders across the Central West – an area spanning more than 200km,” Ms Talbot said.
“Some of the offenders and their families do not have access to technology, smart phones or reliable data so providing them with the equipment and an opportunity to participate has made a big impact.”
“Many offenders prefer to engage in programs remotely on this platform because there’s no risk of someone local sharing their situation as gossip around town.
“One offender in Parkes was on home detention and had a chronic health condition, so he participated in his designated program from a laptop in bed.”
Through LiViT, their offenders have completed EQUIPS Domestic and Family Violence, Foundations and Maintenance and Sober Driver programs with a 90-95 per cent completion rate.
One offender is currently participating in the domestic violence program from his home, 100km from the Forbes office.
“I’m really enjoying the program,” he said.