Getting Out of Prison

This information is aimed at helping you to prepare for leaving prison. It includes information about the practical things you might need to sort out before your release. Just click on the question to see answers, information, people to call and websites to visit for help.

If you are still in custody, it will probably be difficult to organise these things yourself so it is best to ask a SAPO, welfare officer or Community Corrections officer to help you. It would also be helpful if you have family or friends on the outside who could help organise things.

Contact details for agencies and services are provided here to help you to make arrangements.

IDENTIFICATION


HOUSING


FINANCES

Many people leaving prison face financial difficulty. In addition to Centrelink, there are a small number of charities that can provide financial assistance. There are also various smaller services that can help and services that provide free or low-cost meals. For more details on services near to you, please call CRC’s Telephone Information and Referral Service on (02) 9288 8700.


FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Many people leaving custody have issues with the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. People sometimes need to access services such as drug and alcohol detoxification, rehabilitation or counselling. There are various services throughout NSW to provide this kind of help. Admission requirements vary between services and some services will accept clients who are on bail or parole or who are on an opioid maintenance treatment program. To find out which service may be able to meet your specific needs, please call CRC’s Telephone Information and Referral Service on (02) 9288 8700.


MENTAL HEALTH / DRUGS & ALCOHOL


PROPERTY, CLOTHES & TRANSPORT


PAROLE


EMPLOYMENT


VISA ISSUES