PEOPLE LEAVING PRISON
RELINK is a voluntary program available to men serving 12 months or more and all women in prison. It is available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners 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.
This is a voluntary support program for adult males and females being released from prison, who 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 reoffending. 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. 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, drug and alcohol support. Together, these networks can work to achieve better outcomes for both families and the communities that prisoners are returning to.
VACRO WOMEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM (VWMP)
VACRO recognises that social connectedness is vital for women transitioning into the community. In response to this VACRO developed and has run the VWMP to support women exiting the prison system and those on community orders since 2001. The overall aim of VWMP is to assist women to reintegrate back into the community through the provision of support by voluntary female mentors. The mentoring relationships and their relational qualities underpin the effectiveness of VWMP in making a difference to the female offender’s ability to successfully reintegrate into the community. The mentors in the VWMP take on a very special role in supporting this marginalised and often overlooked client group. VWMP was initially funded through philanthropic trusts but in 2007 it was funded by Corrections Victoria. For further information download the brochure.
Was an initiative of Better Pathways (2005), the Victorian government's strategy to address the increase in women's imprisonment. The program aims to assist women offenders who are on supervised Community Correctional Orders to successfully complete these Orders. This is achieved through the provision of practical support, including financial assistance, so that women offenders can meet the mandatory requirements of their Orders. CCaTS is designed to deliver practical assistance to women at a time when failure to comply with an order will have serious negative consequences for these women and any children in their care. 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