Qld prison ministry speaks out on released prisoners

Coordinator Dave Martin

The Queensland Catholic Prison Ministry co-ordinator has warned rehabilitation of prisoners from state prisons is being threatened by inadequate post release accommodation, reports The Catholic Leader.

The unsatisfactory situation is threatening the safety of the wider community, said Dave Martin. His warnings follow findings in the recently released report Post Release Services for Prisoners in South-East Queensland which was commissioned, reviewed, edited and finalised by the Centacare-run ministry.

The report is part of the CPM’s Queensland Prison Report 2013. 'It is essential the State Government looks at providing some male and female prisoner-specific transitional accommodation in Brisbane and in the four regional areas where there are prisons located,' Mr Martin said.

'These areas are Maryborough, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns, along with some of the Indigenous communities where so many residents are in prison and may not have a home to be released to.'

Another finding of Post Release Services for Prisoners in South-East Queensland is that prisoners are not receiving adequate support during their critical first six months of release when they are most vulnerable to re-offending.

FULL STORY Prison ministry claims services for released prisoners inadequate (The Catholic Leader)

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