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Community Restorative Centre (CRC) is a NSW community organisation dedicated to supporting people affected by the criminal justice system, particularly prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families and friends. Our staff offer personal and practical assistance such as counselling, accommodation, a subsidised transport service, a court support service, outreach to prisons, and information, advice and referrals.
We Help Ex-Prisoners
Life for ex-prisoners can be extremely difficult. Many experience problems with housing, employment, finances, relationships, drugs and alcohol and mixing with other people.
CRC can help people resettle into communities by providing direct services as listed under our Services section on this site. Ex-prisoners are also welcome to call CRC to discuss resettlement issues any time after their release.
CRC provides support services to people making the stressful transition from prison to the wider community. We aim to reduce the incidence of people re-offending and returning to prison. We provide three months of pre-release support and information to prisoners. The program also operates for up to one year after release and can help with employment, health, finances, housing, identification, and debt issues.
There are also a number of organisations that can provide help and support over the long-term or in crisis situations.
We Assist Families
The families and friends of prisoners are often as invisible to the outside world, as the people they know who are serving time. They constitute a unique group as whilst they are not prisoners, they are also not completely ‘outside’ the prison system. They are often entwined with the police, the courts and Corrective Services and they frequently spend a considerable amount of time travelling to and from correctional centres in order to spend time with their person inside.
Imprisonment affects families socially, emotionally and materially. Family members often describe feeling that they are serving a sentence along with the inmate. Partners and families of people in prison have to negotiate a complex range of changed circumstances whilst their loved one is in custody and a whole new set of challenges when their person is released.
When somebody goes to prison, it can be an extremely traumatic time for those left behind.
CRC Family Support Service can ease these troubled times by providing information, advice and support to families from the courts through to release. We’re never more than a phone call away.