Supported accommodation supports ex-prisoners onto a positive path

For people who have been in prison for some time, the prospect of release is often met with mixed feelings. There’s the welcome feeling of being able to be back in control of your own destiny, but with that, comes a pervasive sense of uncertainty. “I wanted to be my own boss and not be in limbo anymore, but finding places that I could stay when I got out was a challenge,” explains Dave, who had been in prison for a little over seven years before rejoining the community with the help of PARS - People At Risk Solutions.

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The life of a PARS field officer

You might know what PARS do for ex-prisoners, but do you really know what that means for the staff who day in, day out do their best to support prisoners as they re-enter society? We wanted to give you some insights into what supporting prisoners actually means, so who better to explain that than one of the incredible PARS field workers, Aaron?

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Lifetime gang member changes his stripes

For many, being part of a gang is a lifetime commitment, often committing equally to a life of crime and violence. Many gang members spend years of their lives in and out of prison and find it very difficult to break the cycle. Rawiri* is one great exception to that rule.

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Helping with smooth transitions for prisoners and families

For many people leaving prison, the excitement of getting out is tempered with a fear of being unable to move on with their lives. Many are stigmatised by society or don’t have the support systems in place to help them move past the mistakes they made when they were young. For Hamilton resident Hine*, help from PARS Inc was the key to enabling her to build a new life post-prison.

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