Through care is used to provide services to prisoners both during and after their sentence.

The service provided depends on the length of the offender's sentence and if the court has imposed compulsory supervision.

The through care service aims to:

  • Help prisoners and their families prepare for release and to resettle in the community
  • Increase community safety and public protection helping to reduce reoffending
  • Make sure that all high risk offenders are supervised successfully after their release

The community supervision team closely supervise offenders after release.

If an offender reoffends, breaks certain conditions, or behaves in a way that concerns us, we will report our concerns to the court or parole board. They will take appropriate action.

Through care includes:

  • Providing support and information to an offender’s family
  • Working with individuals to prevent them from offending
  • Providing advice and support to offenders to help them find a job
  • Helping with personal problems
  • Giving advice if an individual has alcohol, drug or gambling problems
  • Helping an offender find accommodation to meet their needs
  • Providing help with reading, writing and number skills