Our programs

Our justice and crime prevention programs build on our belief that all people, including those exiting prison, should have the same opportunities to access housing, education and employment.

Our work includes:

  • ReConnect – we provide transitional support to high risk and high profile men and women in the justice system
  • Youth Justice Community Support Service (YJCSS) – we provide intensive support to young people aged 10 to 21 who intersect with the justice system
  • Youth Justice Group Conferencing – based on restorative justice principles, we create dialogue between people who have offended and others who have been impacted by the offending behaviour
  • Barreng Moorop – we provide integrated, intensive support to Aboriginal children aged 10–14 who are currently involved with the police, in partnership with the VACCA and VALS
  • African Visitation and Mentoring Program (AVAMP) – we work with people of African background involved with the criminal justice system in Melbourne, matching them with a mentor to support them through their sentence and post-release
  • L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program – we assist young learner drivers involved in the youth justice system to reach their mandatory 120 hours of driving experience, in collaboration with VicRoadsdownload our L2P brochure
  • Leaving Care Mentoring – we match volunteers from the community with young people involved in the Child Protection system, with the aim of creating lasting friendships and positive, stable role models for young people leaving care
  • Youth Diversion Pilot Program – together with YSAS and Centacare Ballarat, we provide brief intervention and case management support to young people with little or no history of offending, so as to address offending behaviours and divert from further progress into the criminal justice system
  • Enabling Justice Project – in collaboration with RMIT University’s Centre for Innovative Justice, we address the over-representation of people with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) in the criminal justice system

Housing Programs

  • Perry House – we supply longer-term housing for people with intellectual disabilities exiting custody
  • Next Steps – we prevent homelessness for vulnerable young people aged 16–24 involved with the justice system, by delivering intensive case management support and providing supported accommodation through our Dillon House facility

What we doJesuit Social Services man2

  • We give people leaving prison the best chance to find housing, education and employment
  • We support people at high risk and with high needs – those with limited support networks, and who experience complex health problems
  • We strive to create strong, cohesive and safe communities

Why we do it

For nearly 40 years, we’ve supported people exiting prison to help them get their lives back on track.

We know that many adults and young people involved in the criminal justice system have limited social and family networks, and experience mental illness or substance abuse.

Our hands-on, holistic services assist people as they embark on pathways from prison back to the community, and support them to reach their full potential.