8 October 2020
Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Corrections
The Tasmanian Government is committed to helping prisoners reintegrate back into the community upon their release.
This transition will be made a little easier thanks to a new 12-month pilot program that will provide women leaving prison with a support pack to assist them as they return to their communities.
The Welcome Back(Pack) program is aimed at equipping women leaving the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison with a backpack, set of clothing, toiletries and information card detailing ways to access local support services.
This initiative is being led by participants from the 2019 Tasmanian Leaders Program and has my full support as Minister.
The project will complement the services already provided to women as they are released from prison and I applaud the Tasmanian Leaders Program team for driving this initiative.
Approximately 200 women are released from the Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison each year and the Tasmania Prison Service has been working with the project team to help implement the pilot program, with backpacks already being provided to women as they leave the prison.