Ex-prisoners and Financial Support

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Release from Prison

People who are released from prison will be in need of some help with money unless they can:

  • arrange some paid work to go to before they leave prison:
  • they have managed to save some money from receipt of a small wage if in prison employment
  • they have some money saved from before they went into prison
  • a previous job to return to when they leave prison.
  • supportive family

Help available for people leaving prison

The States of Jersey Probation Service offer a Voluntary After Care (VAC) service to all ex-prisoners in order to provide further resettlement support into the community if required. This can include support with finances, accommodation and appropriate targeted referrals. This VAC can include offending behaviour work and risk management as well as put the individual in touch with groups in the community who may be able to assist.

Prisoners statutorily obliged to maintain contact with the Probation Service include young offenders on licence and prisoners released from UK prisons on various forms of licence and those passed for Conditional Early Release.

Conditional Early Release (CER) was introduced in 2016 for prisoners who pass the eligibility criteria and are released early subject to licence conditions.

Discharge Grant

Prisoners leaving HMP La Moye can apply to the prison for discharge grant but this will be at the discretion of the States of Jersey Prison Service.

Other sources of support

Accommodation may be offered temporarily at the Shelter Trust or other accommodation providers (Sanctuary House, Jersey Association of Youth and Friendship (JAYF)). Other organisations such as the Grace Trust, the Salvation Army and the Citizens Advice Jersey should be approached for advice about getting help for immediate things they might need such as food and clothes.

Further information is available from the Probation Service, tel: +44 1534 441900.