Jesuit Social Services contributed this submission to the Victorian Ombudsman’s Investigation into the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Prisoners.
This submission outlines some steps to be taken to confront the dual challenges of overcrowding in our prison system and transitioning people from prison back into community, as well as to strengthen the Victorian justice system’s approach to changing people’s behaviour.
It takes into account the context of increasing complexity among people involved in the justice system complexity and more punitive responses to their behaviour.
We believe action will only produce results if it is underpinned by leadership from government to reinvigorate the Reducing Reoffending Framework and to strengthen collaboration with the community.
The submission identifies several specific areas for action, both in custody and community:
The submission makes 10 recommendations against these specific areas.