Release is driven by the belief that restoration is possible for every person. We envision an Ireland where people with offences are treated with dignity, supported to live transformed lives, and make positive contributions to their communities.
58% of prisoners in Ireland reoffend within three years. For many of these offenders, loss or lack of significant personal relationships was the most significant factor in their decision to commit a crime.
Release interrupts the revolving door of imprisonment by connecting prisoners with our trained volunteers from the community for mentoring. These mentors build relationships and self-esteem, provide consistency and accountability, and help prisoners to achieve goals – proven interventions in the prevention of crime.
We are faith based but not faith biased, and serve all clients with the same uncompromising love, respect, and dedication; regardless of offence, religion, race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or family status.
We are founded on the belief that we are all created in the image of God, regardless of who we are, what we have done, or where we come from. We believe no life is beyond the reach of initiating and unconditional love. We see the whole person, and pursue fulfilment of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health for each of our service users.
Our small staff and over 50 volunteers bring multi disciplined approaches to our rehabilitative work.
Board of Trustees
Róisín NíCheallaigh, Allan Kilpatrick, Fergus Carey, Hendrik Botha, and Rodney OHara
CEO Philip Larragy
Programme Coordinator - Fiona Daly
In 2016, Release volunteers supported over 140 prisoners across the Mountjoy, Arbour Hill, and Midlands campuses.