Reintegration is the process of successfully transitioning offenders to the wider community from the custody and/or control of Corrections.
Successful transition 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 supporting 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
Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation/Reintegration societies provide reintegrative services to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their family and whānau to assist them to reintegrate into the community.
Contact details for each organisation are listed below:
- Waikato Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Phone: (07) 839 3531
- Rotorua Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Phone: (07) 348 0005
- Taranaki Prisoners Aid and Reintegration Society
Phone: (06) 758 1391
- Whanganui Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Service Trust (also services Turangi and surrounding areas)
Phone: (06) 345 5969
- Manawatu Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society (also services Horowhenua, Hawkes Bay and Wellington Region)
Phone: (06) 357 9218
- Wairarapa Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Phone: (06) 377 5420
- Canterbury Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society (also services West Coast and Nelson)
Phone: (03) 371 9183
- Otago Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society
Phone: (03) 474 1811
Salvation Army officers and prison chaplains support people through the court process and while in prison. The Salvation Army can also provide accommodation for released prisoners.
Website: Salvation Army
Alcoholics Anonymous has meetings in prison to help people address their addiction issues and maintain sobriety when released.
Helpline: 0800 229 6757
Website: Alcoholics Anonymous
Toastmasters runs groups to help foster communication and leadership.
Phone: 0800 736 753
Problem Gambling Foundation
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
The New Zealand Howard League runs programmes in prisons including literacy, numeracy and assisting prisoners to obtain learner driving licences.
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)