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Ireland

About Us

OUR MISSION : TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM IN IRELAND

 

The Problem

In 2014 there were almost 4,000 people imprisoned in the Republic of Ireland, and 10 million across the world.  

62% of those released from prison in Ireland reoffend within 3 years. It is estimated that each case of reoffending that is prevented could save the public purse €68,959 per prisoner per year. 

For the majority of those who reoffend, there are many mutually reinforcing factors in their decision to commit a crime, including lack of accommodation, employment, or education; addiction; and loss or lack of personal relationships. 

*Figures taken from the Irish Prison Service 2014 Annual Report and 2013 Recidivism Study

 

our approach

We Relate through visiting those in prison - listening to the needs of the individual, and fostering long-term relationships that extend beyond their sentence through 1-1 mentoring and extracurricular activities. 

We Restore by offering  rehabilitative and character development courses in prisons - the Recovery course for those struggling with addiction, Alpha Bible studies, and Parenting. 

Finally, we Reintegrate, joining arms with a network of partner organisations and churches; serving as advocates to provide comprehensive housing, welfare entitlement, job training and placement, community support, and family remediation services upon release from prison.

 

Our Impact

The Recovery Course has helped me to speak about things that hurt me in the past. In the beginning I did not think I would share my feelings, but I did. Thank you for being there when I needed you.”
— Service User, Mountjoy Training Unit

Since 2013, over 100 prisoners have been connected with a mentor, received reintegration support, or have completed an Alpha or Recovery course.     28 ExOffenders are currently being cared for by a local church community with the support of Release.

our ethos

'For I was in prison, and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you in prison and visit you? And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did unto one of the least of these, my brothers, you did unto me."

Matthew 25 : 35 - 40

Release serves all ExOffenders equally - regardless of faith, tradition, gender, sexuality, marital or family status, age, disability, nationality, or category of offense. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of transparency and are regulated by the Charities Regulatory Authority (CHY:21622).

 

Our Team

Incorporated in 2015, Release is now a CHY-registered nonprofit organisation with over 60 trained, Irish Prison Service approved volunteers. Release is proud to mobilise team members who are in recovery, ExOffenders, and from all walks of life to carry out our services. In order to provide holistic support, we join arms with partner organisations, including Alpha Ireland, the International Institute for Restorative Practice, the Irish Prison Service, Jobcare, and a network of supporting employers and churches.