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Link out was a voluntary program for male and female prisoners in Victoria. The program provided support to participants before and after their release from prison, and aimed to assist participants prepare for their release and transition to life in the community.
Link out was delivered by a range of community services including: Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO), Jesuit Social Services, Victorian Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO), and the Stepping Up Consortium.
The program was intended for prisoners with complex needs who were at risk of reoffending. Applicants who were assessed as eligible for Link out were prescribed a support package and assigned a support worker. Support workers met with the participants to identify transitional needs and develop a case plan to address these needs. Support included help with:
Referrals to the program could be made at any time during a prisoner's sentence by completing a referral form. Prisoners could also self-refer or prison staff could refer on a prisoner's behalf.
Link out was replaced by the ReLink program.
Abstract adapted from Victorian Department of Justice
Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)
1 Hoddle St
Richmond Vic 3121
PO Box 14278
Melbourne Vic 8001
Ph: (03) 9413 7000
Fax: (03) 9413 7188
Jesuit Social Services
10 Dawson Street
Brunswick Vic 3056
Ph: (03) 9387 1233
Fax: 03 9387 1178
Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)
Level 1/116 Hardware Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
PO Box 14093
Melbourne Vic 8001
Ph: (03) 9605 1900
Freecall: 1800 049 871
Fax: (03) 9602 2355
This brochure provided information on the Link out program, a support program for men leaving prison. It provided details on:
The Link out program has now been discontinued.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract