Prisoners of Borallon Training and Correctional Centre will have a greater opportunity to turn their lives around thanks to Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) new holistic program.
The program will be delivered on behalf of QCS by human services provider MAX Solutions, mental health specialist Aftercare and not-for-profit organisation Five Bridges, and will assist prisoners transitioning back into society by offering employment, cultural and mental health support services.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood said the program will bring together a consortium of organisations, incorporating specialist services to give prisoners the best chance of breaking the cycle of reoffending after release.
“The job centre we have established in the prison will provide pre-release employment services for both prisoners and employers operating at Borallon. MAX will also link prisoners and employers to our existing sites for post-release employment support,” Ms Homewood said.
"Employment can be a huge factor when it comes to reoffending, and we want to focus on giving prisoners the best chance of finding and maintaining sustainable employment once released.
“We’re thrilled to have two additional specialist providers delivering services to prisoners as part of the program. Aftercare will work with prisoners on improving mental health, and Five Bridges will deliver culturally specific support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners."
Aftercare Executive Director John Malone said mental health recovery is a critical part of reducing reoffending, and his organisation is looking forward to helping rehabilitate prisoners.
“We are excited and committed to delivering services centred on recovery-focused outcomes for the prisoners of Borallon Training and Correctional centre,” he said.
Five Bridges Chief Executive Officer Julieanne Eisemann said the initiative will help prisoners regain control of their lives within a supportive environment prior to release.
“Five Bridges is looking forward to delivering culturally-specific programs that will mentor and support prisoners,” Ms. Eisemann said. “We’re eager to be involved in this new initiative with MAX and Aftercare.”
In addition, a leading Queensland community housing provider Churches of Christ Care Housing Services will assist with connecting participants to safe and stable housing.
The consortium commenced delivering services in late June 2016.