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Leave for prisoners

Sometimes a prisoner is given permission to leave prison for a certain amount of time. The following types of leave may be available to prisoners after they have been through a comprehensive assessment process.

Attendance at funerals and visiting gravely ill person/s

Any prisoner may apply to leave the prison on compassionate grounds. This includes attending a funeral or visiting a gravely ill person who has only been given a short time to live. A prisoner is always accompanied by an officer on such leave.

The significance of the relationship between the prisoner and the deceased or gravely ill person is a major consideration in whether or not the application is approved. Security, logistics and victim issues are also considered. Refer to Policy Directive 9 (PDF 295 KB) in the Adult Custodial Rules for further information.

Re-Integration leave (formerly Home leave)

The Re-Integration Leave program enables long-term, minimum-security prisoners to leave the prison under the supervision of an approved sponsor for set periods of time. This leave means offenders who have spent a long time in prison can re-establish family and community relationships which helps them adjust when they are released.  As an incentive for work camp participation, a greater rate of leave is provided for prisoners located in a work camp than for those placed at a prison.

A prisoner has to meet a number of eligibility criteria before they can apply to be included in the Re-Integration Leave program. Refer to Policy Directive 66 (PDF 112 KB) in the Adult Custodial Rules for further information.

Re-socialisation programs

Re-socialisation programs are designed for long-term prisoners, including those with life and indefinite sentences. The aim is to gradually reintegrate those prisoners into the community before they are released.

The Department, the Prisoners Review Board and the Attorney General all have to give approval for life and indefinite sentenced prisoners to take part in a re-socialisation program. Final approval is then required from the Governor.

Re-socialisation programs vary in length depending on the individual prisoner's risks and needs, although they generally run between 6 and 24 months. Typically, a prisoner on a re-socialisation program will be placed at a minimum-security facility and will take part in supervised and unsupervised external activities, develop their community supports through the Re-Integration Leave program and also take part in aspects of the Prisoner Employment Program.

Refer to Adult Custodial Rule 18 (PDF 215 KB) for further information.

External activities

To give prisoners more opportunities for rehabilitation and re-connecting with the community before their release, minimum-security prisoners are able to take part in a range of activities outside prison that:

  • promote health and wellbeing
  • give them knowledge and skills that will help them live a law abiding lifestyle
  • provide opportunities for them to improve themselves, for example through education and training
  • help prisoners pay back their debt to the community for the crimes they committed.

A prisoner's involvement in these outside activities is always based on a security assessment.

The activities have to be approved as suitable. Refer to Policy Directives 9, 25 and 53 in the Adult Custodial Rules for more information.

Page last updated: 31-Aug-2020