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1 Partnerships in Transition Experiences of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC) Department of Justice Victoria

2 Partnerships in Transition Operating since April 2007 Male prisoners, serving long sentences or a sequence of shorter sentences who are assessed to have significant barriers to transition and demonstrate willingness to engage in change Intensive transitional program (last 6-8 months of sentence) designed to reduce re-offending Strengths based case management model (GLM) Daily access to community (work experience, volunteering, services, supports, counselling, education, familiarisation) based on demonstrated needs JLTC Background

3 Partnerships in Transition JLTC Results 84% of residents released in the last financial year were employed upon release (85% had reported no confirmed job prospects on arrival at JLTC) 94% of Residents released in this time were assisted to organise housing without burdening the public and community housing systems (family or friends, share houses or private rental) JLTC residents completed an average of 5468 hours of community work per month in the last financial year (across 14 not for profit organisations) 95% of residents reported increased support and connection to family and community due to their time at JLTC 89% of residents who transitioned from JLTC have successfully completed at least 2 years in the community post sentence

4 Partnerships in Transition A ‘Wicked Problem’

5 Partnerships in Transition Power of Community Partnerships Ongoing access to resources and relationships Variety needed to match individual needs Acceptance (belonging) leads to accountability Improved self confidence and belief (value) Increase capacity of support networks not just the individual

6 Partnerships in Transition Lessons Learnt Know your public value (and be able to demonstrate it!) Have a contemporary marketing or promotional plan (understand your audience) Invite the public in (use their interest in the ‘inside world’ to open doors) Involve the individuals (real people and real stories make a difference) Be bold, but humble (ask but understand) Use your connections to make connections Match partnerships to meet individual needs (make it meaningful) Celebrate success and appreciate partners

7 Partnerships in Transition When it doesn’t work - Ron’s Story Ron Service 2 Service 1 Partner Koori Community Uni Correspondence Course

8 Partnerships in Transition When it works – Tony’s Story Tony Workout Teacher Family Work Experience Cert IV class Service 1 Service 2 Work Friends

9 Questions/Discussion Judy Lazarus Transition Centre


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