The duty of society does not end with a prisoner's release. This presentation will outline the lessons learnt from undertaking a Churchill Fellowship study tour in 2016. The Fellowship provided the opportunity to visit four different countries to learn from those actively engaged in a range of services and approaches that support rehabilitation and reintegration, and in turn reduce recidivism. Lessons from Singapore, Scotland, Canada and the USA provided a well-rounded insight into various programs, needs and barriers. In particular, from all locations - Housing and Accommodation, Employment, Community, Recovery, Stigma and Language, Peer Mentors and Lived Experience were heavily identified at each turn. Where the duty of society does not end with a prisoner's release, the message for all members of the community include, lessening prejudice and access to a wide range of person-directed support. Ten broad recommendations were made in the report, and one key question to society ‘how would you feel if you were only ever known for the worst thing you’ve ever done?’

Louise Kelly
OARS Community Transitions
Engagement Development & Innovation Consultant / Manager Clinical Services

Biography: Louise Kelly is the Engagement, Development & Innovation Consultant at OARS CT. Having worked at OARS CT for almost 8 years, she has worked in various roles including as a Team Leader and Case Worker within the Reintegration & Accommodation Services, and currently backfilling in the role of Manager Clinical Services. Louise is working in a senior role focusing on strategic directions and service innovation. Louise has a degree in Justice & Society, and Post Graduate qualifications in Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Mediation. Prior to working at OARS, Louise worked in various positions with ‘at-risk’ youth under guardianship of the Minister, in an emergency care setting. In 2017 Louise travelled to Singapore, Scotland, Canada and the USA to research initiatives to reduce recidivism through supported reintegration and rehabilitation as a Churchill Fellow (2016).

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