What support is there for prisoners upon release?
There are several different organisations which help prisoners settle back in to the community when they’re released. Many organisations refer to this work as “Throughcare” because the staff usually start working with the person before they are released and continue that care through to when they’re in the community. People will be eligible to get help from different organisations, depending on things like how long they have been in prison; their age and whether they have mental health or addiction issues. Most organisations will work with people whether or not they have a family home to go back to.
The Wise Group: helping people coming out of prison to build a better future.
Positive Prisons: the appreciation of people with convictions as citizens.
Simon Community Scotland: combatting the causes and effects of homelessness.
Not Currently Available, September 2019: Prison Throughcare Support Officers: these are prison officers who work with men being released to Glasgow postcodes and who do not have addiction issues. They usually start working with the person 6 weeks before their release date.