Release & Resettlement

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 vital that people gather and keep any documentation they have in relation to their detention and, if possible, keep a copy of their passport or temporary travel document.

Advance preparation is key to the resettlement process so we advise prisoners to talk to their ICPO caseworker as early as possible, ideally 6-12 months ahead of your release date.

To find out more about how to best prepare for release please take a look at some of the information provided below. If you would like to receive a copy of any of these by post please get in touch with us.


Detailed practical information on preparing for release, as well as where to get support when you return to Ireland.


A research report outlining the resettlement needs of Irish people returning from prison overseas.


Leaflet about planning for release and accessing supports. Produced in conjunction with Crosscare Migrant Project.