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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 two of the Aboriginal justice agreement.

The program provided pre-release assessment and planning, and post-release support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. Support was based on holistic, culturally competent best practice and was provided predominantly on an outreach basis with a community focus. The program also aimed to build the capacity of mainstream organisations through strong links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to better meet the needs of Indigenous men and women exiting prisons.

Konnect participants worked with case managers from the program pre and post-release, and received support in the community for up to 12 months.

Konnect was delivered by the Jesuit Youth Services (Brosnan Services) with a team based in Brunswick that worked state-wide in Victoria.

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Brosnan Services
10 Dawson Street
PO Box 284
Brunswick Vic 3056
Ph: (03) 9387 1233
Fax: (03) 9387 1178

Jesuit Social Services
Central Office
326 Church Street
PO Box 271
Richmond Vic 3121
Ph: (03) 9421 7600
Fax: (03) 9421 7699

Related publications

Getting started : Indigenous - booklet 10 (2010)

Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, Victorian Department of Justice

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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Last updated: 21 June 2016
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