Release through Parole Board
Life sentenced prisoners, IPP sentenced prisoners and recalled prisoners need to get approval from the Parole Board before they can be released. Prisoners who have had, or still have, problems with substance abuse or addiction, find this process especially challenging. Our clients come to us directly or by referral from their lawyers. Over a dozen lawyers from Liverpool to the South Coast have made referrals to us since we were founded in 2018.
New Connections work with men and women, and currently have clients in over 25 prisons up and down the country, during the months building up to a Parole Board hearing to help prepare a plan for dealing with addiction issues.
One of our therapists visits the client in prison, normally twice, to understand the issues they have been facing and how addiction has been part of their offending behaviour.
Plans can be developed which involve suitable interventions and/or accommodations options which recovery from addiction is central. The plans are tailored to the clients’ needs and this can allow the client to address any outstanding issues and provide necessary support to avoid relapses.
We are also able to liaise with Probation and the Prison Service if our client wishes us to do so.
Many of our clients tell us, and then prove that if they stay abstinent and embrace recovery, they will not re-offend and stay out of prison.