Our ReConnect program supports high risk and high profile men and women to transition from prison to community.
ReConnect provides targeted (up to four weeks) and intensive (up to 12 months) reintegration outreach services for serious violent or sex offenders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, women prisoners, and prisoners with high transitional needs.
We deliver ReConnect across Melbourne’s north and western regions, as part of the Corrections Victoria Reintegration Pathway.
We conduct initial needs and risk assessments of men and women exiting prison.
The assessment generally takes place in a custodial setting. It determines the type of transitional support we’ll provide:
Our post-release workers individually tailor their case management support to each person exiting prison.
Through case management, we:
We work collaboratively with Corrections Victoria and other community-based agencies to provide a continuum of care.
Our networked approach assists people’s transition from prison into the community and reduce the chances that they return to prison.
It also provides better outcomes for the families of people exiting prison, as well as the communities that prisoners are returning to.
Referrals to ReConnect are usually made by a Corrections Victoria worker located at all Victorian prisons.
ReConnect is a voluntary support program for people who would like help settling back into the community.
To be eligible for the program, a person must have a higher than normal risk of re-offending.