Aim of this page

  • The primary aim of this site is to provide information and advice to people who have received a caution or conviction in England and Wales.
  • This page sets out a number of organisations around the world who either work with or provide information, advice or support to people with a criminal record.
  • The organisations listed will usually be able to assist individuals with convictions given in the specific country in which they’re based. However, some may be able to provide information or advice to other foreign or UK nationals.
  • We have details of organisations that cover Scotland and Northern Ireland on our important links and organisations page.

Here you’ll find links to useful organisations around the world who can provide information, advice or support to people with a criminal record.

Australia

OARS has been delivering professional services and support to people who have offended and their families for over 130 years. They offer practical help including finding accommodation and clinical and legal support/services as well as lobbying to reduce the overuse of prison sentences.

Website:  www.oars.org.au

Outcare is a not for profit organisation providing rehabilitation services, programmes and support for people with convictions in Western Australia. They work with people prior to and after their release from prison and offer practical support such as finding accommodation, helping individuals find work together with financial assistance and support .

Website:  www.outcare.com.au

VACRO works with individuals and families throughout an individual’s journey through the prison system and as they transition back into the community. They offer a range of courses for individuals as well as downloadable resources.

Website:  www.vacro.org.au

The Australia Prison Foundation is a non-profit organisation who provide information and support to prisoners, prisoners families and people working in the criminal justice field as well as creating a database of organisations and individuals who can support people in prison.

Website:  www.freewebs.com/australiaprisonfoundation/

Canada

CFCN assists individuals and families affected by criminal behaviour and imprisonment. They offer a free helpline and a bank of downloadable resources as well as facilitating support groups.

Website:  www.cfcn-rcafd.org

The John Howard Society have numerous offices across Canada and provide a range of services to released prisoners from basic job search skills to finding housing. They also lobby for changes in the criminal justice process and work to educate the public on all matters relating to criminal law and its application.

Website:  johnhoward.ca

The 7th Step Society runs self-help programmes to assist people with convictions in changing their attitudes and behaviour that led them into conflict with the law.

Website:  7thstep.ca

Kenya

The RPPC provide information, advice and training to assist people with convictions to reintegrate into society and rebuild ties with their families and friends.

Website:  www.rpprights.org

Netherlands

Gevangenenzorg Nederlands is a voluntary organisation which helps people inside and out of the prison system, in becoming self-reliant. They also offer courses and mentoring to people released from prison.

Website:  www.gevangenezorg.nl/home

New Zealand

PARS are a charitable trust that provide a range of specialist services to support and empower people to lead more positive and productive lives following time spent in prison. They offer mentoring services as well as practical help with accommodation and finance.

Website:  www.pars.co.nz

Portugal

CONFIAR provide assistance to ex-prisoners and their families.

Website:  www.confiar-pf.pt/pt/

United States

A campaign initiated by John Legend to change the criminal justice policies in the USA.

Website:  letsfreeamerica.com

Hope for Prisoners is a non-profit organisation that offers mentoring programmes, pre-vocational training workshops and other training to men, women and young adults exiting the criminal justice system.

Website:  hopeforprisoners.org

Kentucky Re-entry are a collection of businesses, local government bodies, faith based organisations, non-profit organisations and individuals who work together to offer support, assistance and resources to those who have been in prison.

Website:  www.kentuckyreentry.org

The Fortune Society helps those that have served prison sentences re-enter the community by providing a ‘one stop shop’ of in-house services.

Website:  fortunesociety.org

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