Staff from Deakin University have been collaborating with a small group of supporters to undertake early stage work towards development of a unified voice regarding the systemic issues that impact on people when they leave prison across Australia.
Our aim is to build a Network of interested organisations and individuals in order to document the systemic barriers and advocate for change at the state and territory and federal level.
Work undertaken so far has included convening two advocacy workshops at the annual Reintegration Puzzle conference and harnessing existing networks and relationships.
Since its start in 2005, over 3000 delegates have attended the Reintegration Puzzle Conference sharing ideas about supports that enable people leaving prison to rebuild their lives. Increasingly there has been a focus on the systemic barriers people face when leaving prison and the need to harness the lived experience of people caught in the cycle of imprisonment in order to drive change.