Parklea Correctional Centre marked a significant milestone today when it launched its Throughcare Program to support inmates once they leave the prison.
Throughcare is an innovative reintegration program and is a key element of Parklea’s reducing reoffending strategy, which is a Premier’s priority.
Parklea Correctional Centre Governor Paul Baker said the program was free for inmates who are due to be released from Parklea and need help finding accommodation, housing, employment, counselling and other support.
“Parklea is trying to help inmates who have finished their sentences and those on remand who are released on bail, sometimes at very short notice, who have nowhere to go and no obvious support structures,” Mr Baker said.
“This program is designed to ensure they are set up with the necessary infrastructure and services before they re-enter the community to reduce their risk of reoffending and returning to prison.
“Inmates are assigned a Throughcare Co-ordinator shortly before their release date who works with them and community organisations to develop a tailored release plan to ensure they have the best opportunity to successfully reintegrate into the community.
“Their Throughcare Co-ordinator then regularly follows up with the inmate for up to three months after release to ensure they are on track and are coping with their new life outside prison.”