PEOPLE LEAVING PRISON
ReLink is a voluntary program available to men serving 12 months or more in prison, and all women in prison. It is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in prison and all parolees.
ReLink aims to prepare prisoners to successfully reintegrate into the community through intensive group and individual workshops. It is a critical component of Corrections Victoria's aim to prepare all sentenced prisoners for life beyond prison.
ReLink commenced in 2015.
For further information about this program, download the brochure about Relink for Women or Relink for Men.
ReConnect is a voluntary support program for adult males and females being released from prison and would like help settling back into the community. Participants are given a post release worker who will assist them to identify, develop and achieve their goals. A key aim of the program is to assist the participant's transition from prison into the community and to reduce the chances that they return to prison. To be eligible for the program, a person must have a higher than normal risk of re-offending. In most cases, a person needs to be referred into the program, prior to their release by a Corrections Victoria assessment worker. These workers are located at each prison.
VACRO'S Post Release program provides support in the Barwon Region (i.e. Geelong and surrounding areas) and the Grampians Region (i.e. Horsham, Ararat and Ballarat). There are other service providers who deliver the same program in Metropolitan Melbourne and other Victorian regions.
VACRO is excited by the opportunity to work collaboratively with Jesuit Social Services, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO). VACRO also looks forward to working with organisations and individuals in Victorian communities in implementing the program. This will include the Regional Department of Justice; prison services and community-based services in areas such as mental health, housing, and drug and alcohol support. Together, these networks can work to achieve better outcomes for both families and the communities that prisoners are returning to.
CHILD CARE and TRANSPORT SUBSIDY (CCaTS) PROGRAM
The state wide CCaTS program assists female offenders to comply with the conditions of their Community Correction Order (CCO) through the provision of financial assistance to manage childcare responsibilities and access transport. The program targets women on a CCO who are at risk of breaching it due to difficulties with childcare and transport. This program is an initiative of Better Pathways (2005), the Victorian government's strategy to address the increase in women's imprisonment.
For further information download the brochure or look at our resources for Individuals in Contact with the Criminal Justice System
All these programs are funded by Corrections Victoria