Preparing for Release

Returning home after a period of imprisonment overseas can be an exciting yet challenging time. The needs of former prisoners as they resettle in Ireland after release can be many and varied. Irish people who are imprisoned overseas don’t have the same opportunities to prepare for release as people imprisoned in Ireland. Many of our clients have lived and been imprisoned abroad for many years and may struggle to adapt to living in a country they no longer feel familiar with.

We provide advice and support to prisoners in advance of their release and assist them in accessing the supports they will require upon their return to Ireland. ICPO can make referrals to various services to help in accessing benefits, education, training and in some instances, supported housing. It is necessary for those imprisoned abroad to start planning for their release well ahead of time, as much as a year in advance in some cases.

To find out more about how to best prepare for release please take a look at some of the information provided below.

Preparing for Release Leaflet – a short document about planning for release and accessing supports. Produced in conjunction with Crosscare Migrant Project.

Resettlement Handbook – detailed practical information on preparing for release as well as where to get support when you return to Ireland. If you would like to receive a copy of this booklet by post please get in touch with us.

A Step at a Time – a research report outlining the resettlement needs of Irish people returning from prison overseas.