Reintegration is the process of successfully transitioning offenders to the wider community from the custody of, and/or control by Corrections.
Successfully transitioning means offenders remain crime-free and settle in the wider community with pro-social, constructive attitudes and behaviours. Reintegration is most successful when offenders take some responsibility or ownership of their needs and have strong community involvement/engagement.
We support offenders to:
- find and maintain accommodation
- work towards having a job on release from prison
- improve their skills and knowledge through education and training
- gain basic life skills such as budgeting, parenting and communications
- obtain positive support to stay crime-free after completing their sentence
- engage with volunteers who play a key role in establishing and keeping community links and relationships active.
Some of the support organisations we work with are:
Prison Chaplaincy Service of Aotearoa New Zealand
Chaplaincy Services co-ordinates and delivers spiritual services for all prisoners of all religions, in association with volunteers and other providers, for example, the Salvation Army, and mainstream churches.
Phone: (04) 381 4982
Website: Prison Chaplaincy Service
Prisoner’s Aid and Rehabilitation Society (PARS)
PARS provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist them to re-integrate back into the community.
Phone: (07) 839 3531
Phone: (09) 630 0862
Website: Auckland PARS
Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust (PART)
PART provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist them to re-integrate back into the community.
Phone: (04) 371 9183
Prison Fellowship New Zealand
Prison Fellowship is a national Christian community agency that provides re-integrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their whanau to assist offenders to re-integrate back into the community.
Phone: (04) 528 5419
Website: Prison Fellowship New Zealand
Salvation Army officers and prison chaplains support people through the court process and while in prison. The Salvation Army also provides accommodation for released prisoners.
Website: Salvation Army
Salisbury Street Community Residential Centre in Christchurch provides a structured residential programme supporting offenders to settle back into the community through rehabilitation programmes and reintegrative services.
Website: Salisbury Street
Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings in prison to help people address their addiction issues and maintain sobriety when released.
Website: Alcoholics Anonymous
Toastmasters runs groups to help foster communication and leadership.
The Problem Gambling Foundation offers support and specialist services to help gambling addiction.
Phone: 0800 654 655
Website: Gambling Helpline
The New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform
The Howard League is involved in improving literacy within prisons.
Phone: (09) 834 8100
Website: Howard League
Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts Access Aotearoa support the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders by facilitating and promoting arts and creative expression.
Phone: (04) 802 4349
Website: Arts Access Aotearoa
Pillars is a children's charity that can help children and families of prisoners. They aim to make sure children get support services to help prevent inter-generational offending and imprisonment.
Helpline: 0508 PILLARS (0508 745527)