Involvement of Local Community Role of Transition Officers Evaluating the Program A Community Advisory Group was established in The Centre is staffed by Transition Officers trained as The effectiveness of the program is measured through a formal evaluation process and data will be Judy Lazarus 2005 and has been consulted during the course of prison officers who are responsible for prisoners’ case the project. Membership includes interested local residents and representatives from a range of management activities. Their role includes identifying each prisoner’s needs and managing a prisoner’s collected on all aspects of the program during its first year of operation. Transition stakeholders, such as the City of Melbourne, North West Melbourne Association, Victoria Police and Crime Victims Support Association Incorporated. referral and placement as well as placing prisoners into appropriate services and programs in the community to For Further Information Please Contact: Centre meet those needs. Judy Lazarus Transition Centre The transition program is based on a intensive case 50 Adderley Street Corrections Victoria Facility Management management model that includes risk/needs West Melbourne Victoria 3003 The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre is managed by assessment, individual management planning and Phone: 03 9320 7888 April 2007 the Department of Justice through Corrections review and exit planning. Case management addresses Fax: 03 9320 7809 Victoria. Day to day operational management of offending behaviour and successful reintegration into the Email: JLTC@justice.vic.gov.au the Centre is the responsibility of the Transition community. Centre Manager who reports to the Correctional Services Commissioner through the Deputy The prisoner is expected to assume an appropriate level of Commissioner, Prisons. responsibility for his activities and works with his allocated Transition Officer to establish a structured week that best meets his needs. Activities will focus on those issues which have contributed to him re-offending in the past, or which pose a risk of doing so. Throughout the prisoner’s time at the Centre the Transition Officer is required to monitor each prisoner’s successes and difficulties, continue encouraging them to successfully participate in the program and its activities and counsel the prisoner as issues arise. It is also expected that the Transition Officer assists the prisoner to establish prosocial contacts and links that will extend beyond their stay in the Centre. What Happens to Prisoners After They Leave the Centre? The majority of prisoners participating in the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre will progress onto parole at the end of their sentence where they will be supported and supervised in the community by a Community Corrections Officer. Published: April, 2007 The Transition Centre is part of the Government’s A Structured Transition Program strategy for reducing re-offending by addressing Each prisoner residing at the Judy Lazarus Transition transitional issues critical to a prisoner’s Centre must participate in a structured program that successful reintegration into the community involves active participation in improving employability, developing living skills, and re-establishing community including employment, accommodation, life-skills and family ties and community networks. and family reintegration. During their time at the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, prisoners learn skills that will assist them to successfully The Centre is named after Ms Judy Lazarus, reintegrate into the community and stay out of prison. the former Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre emphasises the use of existing community facilities and services by Offenders (VACRO). Ms Lazarus has been a linking prisoners to suitable programs and services in tireless worker and advocate for prisoners and the community. their families for nearly 20 years. She continues to do so in a voluntary capacity. Security Prisoners may only leave the Centre as part of an approved program and breaches of permit conditions Eligibility may result in reclassification to another prison. The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre accommodates 25 male, low risk, carefully selected prisoners for a period of They are subject to stringent security procedures three to twelve months. which includes nightly curfews, drug and alcohol testing, searches and regular compliance monitoring. Prisoners who are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk n There is a zero tolerance of any prisoner engaging in ansitio to the community or have a history of sex offences, will arus Tr alcohol or drug use, with breathalyser tests occurring dy Laz sidentia l not be placed at the Transition Centre. The Ju cure re after each off site activity and a comprehensive is a se up to 2 5 Centre To be eligible, prisoners selected for the Transition program of urinalysis testing. that provides oners Centre must: facility dm ale pris selecte The Judy Lazarus Transition Centre will be staffed 24 f their • have identified reintegration needs that can be ca refully the end o addressed by placement in the Centre; hours a day. nearing pervise d w ho are ith a su • have made a commitment to participate in the ce, w munity. senten to the com am program; Location of the Facility back in n progr • have agreed to abide by the Centre’s rules and p athway transitio The Centre is located near to an existing correctional ntre’s ing regulations; The Ce prepar t better facility, the Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP), in • be able to live in a shared environment with other is aime da release West Melbourne and is close to public transport o r their prisoners. oners f ity. including Southern Cross Station and community the pris ommun to the c Prisoners must continue to earn the right to stay in the support services. The local area consists of business Centre by abiding by its rules and regulations. and residential properties.
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