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The Konnect program was formed in July 2008 as one of several initiatives aimed at minimising Koori over-representation in the criminal justice system stemming from Phase 2 of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement. Konnect is currently delivered by Brosnan Youth Services, with a team based in Brunswick that works state-wide in Victoria.
The program provides pre-release assessment and planning, and post-release support to Aboriginal men and women. Support is based on holistic, culturally competent best practice and is provided predominantly on an outreach basis with a community focus. The program also aims to build the capacity of mainstream organisations through strong links to Aboriginal organisations to better meet the needs of Aboriginal men and women exiting prisons.
Konnect participants work with case managers from the Program pre and post-release, with support in the community for up to 12 months.
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Brosnan Youth Services
10 Dawson Street
Ph: (03) 9387 1233
Fax: (03) 9387 1178
Booklet 10 of the Getting started series is an Indigenous-specific resource designed to provide information for Indigenous people ready to exit prison in Victoria. This booklet provides practical information on getting connected with family, community, and culture. It also provides a list of Indigenous-specific services, programs, and organisations that may be useful to Indigenous people exiting prison. This booklet includes information on:
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