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Prisoners Aid ACT

Prisoners Aid offers support to prisoners and their families in the ACT.


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Prisoners Aid has been operating as a community organisation in Canberra since 1963. Over the years we have assisted thousands of clients - including prisoners, released prisoners, families of prisoners, and those involved in the court system.

Our key principles are based on natural justice for the prisoner and on rehabilitation in order to reduce the risk of further offending. Our twin objectives are to:

ensure a ‘fair go’ for all those involved directly and indirectly in the prison system, including the families of prisoners;
enhance prospects for the rehabilitation of prisoners and their reintegration into society.

We remain the only community organisation in the ACT devoted solely to support for prisoners, released prisoners and their families. Prisoners Aid has an office in the new ACT Courts building and an office in the Visitor Entry Area at the AMC. We have about 20 active volunteers who perform various tasks, including direct assistance to clients and administrative duties. The range of assistance provided by Prisoners Aid is very wide. We undertake tasks that no other organisation does, whether community or government, as well as tasks that complement and assist the work of other organisations.

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Support

Families and friends are the most important part of a prisoner's life.
We know that things do not always go smoothly in relationships and we have some ways to offer support.

Volunteers are not counsellors, but receive ongoing training to offer you the most useful and relevant support.
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Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcome! Join our teams! We offer an exciting and challenging environment for people who want to help others. We offer training to help build your skills - there's something for everyone to do, easy and challenging, and not all of our work involves people work.
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Links

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