Prisoners Aid ACT

Prisoners Aid (PA) is a secular, non-government organisation that has assisted prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families in the ACT since 1963. We have very simple aims: to increase fairness and to reduce crime. Prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families can suffer all kinds of disadvantage. Released prisoners, for example, are often discriminated against in seeking employment. The families of prisoners often experience as many difficulties as prisoners themselves. We aim to help people overcome these disadvantages.

Project:

PA would like to extend its existing program of pre-release interviews and follow-up of released prisoners from one month post release, to a period of three months after release. We are seeking to mentor and engage with detainees who are aged between 25 and 40 who have been incarcerated for a period of between 6 and 18 months and who are not suffering from severe addiction and/or mental health conditions.
A case plan including objectives would be negotiated for each client within the mentoring program, based on Throughcare plans already developed for them during their detention. Part of the agreement would ask the released prisoner for written permission to keep their details on file, and would also give PA authority to advocate on their behalf to government and community agencies.

Regular one-on-one mentoring sessions would be scheduled with the client for the three month period immediately following their release. Ideally this would start with weekly interviews and after one month become alternately bi-weekly half hour face-to-face and phone sessions, and at each interview a case review of the agreed objectives would be reviewed and renegotiated if necessary.

Funding Sought: 

Amount:   $50 000
Period:  1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014
Expiry:  30 June 2014