The Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) has been operational since 2009 and is the ACT’s only adult correctional facility. The centre is named after Alexander Maconochie – a 19th Century prison reformer – who “saw no sense in punishing a criminal for his past without training him with incentives for his future”.1 A model of Throughcare is used at the AMC to case manage offenders with the aim to reduce the risk of recidivism and promote the reintegration of offenders into the community. This is in keeping with international best practice. Throughcare “… places emphasis on the delivery of programs and services aimed at reducing re-offending behaviour and enabling successful integration into the community”.2 Central to the concept of Throughcare is the principle of continuity of care and the seamless delivery of services. While technically Throughcare in the Corrections context ends with the completion of mandated contact with ACT Corrective Services, it is generally understood that the support needs of offenders do not end with their release from prison or completion of community based order. In fact, their support needs are greatest at this time because their needs are multiple, complex and ongoing. Therefore, release from prison is a critical transition point for the individual being released, as transitions represent a fundamental shift for the person transitioning. For those with multiple and complex needs, transitioning can be daunting and exacerbated by the barriers they face when accessing support services in the community.
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