There are almost 4,000 people imprisoned in the Republic of Ireland. 62% of those released from prison in Ireland reoffend within 3 years. It is estimated that each case of reoffending that is prevented could save the public purse €68,959 per prisoner per year.
For the majority of those who reoffend, there are many mutually reinforcing factors in their decision to commit a crime, including lack of accommodation, employment, or education; addiction; and loss or lack of personal relationships.
Release aims to reduce recidivism in Ireland.
We Relate - connecting prisoners with one of our 65 trained, IPS approved mentors, who listen to the needs of the individual and foster long-term relationships that extend beyond their sentence.
We Restore by offering addiction recovery, parenting, and character development courses in prisons.
We Reintegrate ; providing advocacy, family remediation, enterprise opportunities, and fellowship groups for ExOffenders in the community.
Restorative Justice Course: Restorative Justice programming works to provide a victim-centred healing process to prisoners. The objective is to foster empathy and forgiveness by providing a safe environment and platform for each participant to become more aware of their emotions, to express those emotions, and to tell his or her story in the context of forgiveness and reconciliation (whether to oneself, to their family, to an unrelated victim of crime, or to their victim where possible.) Pilot course to launch in the Mountjoy Training Unit Summer 2017.
Release Enterprise Services Programme: Release is providing training, business coaching, and administrative services to ExOffenders starting social enterprise franchises. Please visit our website to find out how you can get involved.
A pilot course focused on parenting of children and teens is currently running in the Training Unit.