WHO IS INVOLVED?
The Prisoner Support Network (P.S.N.) was set up in 2014 by Two ex-prisoners who found it hard being released with limited awareness of information around what services were available for them after prison. The P.S.N. is a voluntary network and it has grown since 2014 to currently have over 60 different service providers involved to try and meet the needs of individuals who experience imprisonment at any stage of their lives.
Some of the service providers are: The Pathways Centre, The Pace organisation, Care after Prison (C.A.P.). Release, Jobcare, Anna Liffey drug project, Coolmine, Peter McVerry, Focus Ireland, Simon Community, Rialto community drug team, I.A.S.I.O., Solas, The Bridge project and many more.
GETTING IN TOUCH
You can get in touch by asking any of the pre-release Teachers inside the prisons to contact us and we can go in and link in with you in plenty of time before you are released. We can be contacted through Probation, I.S.M. officers, T.E.O's in the prisons or simply by contacting us below:
WHAT WE DO!!
We aim to meet the needs of those who have experienced imprisonment by going into the prisons and meeting with people. This is done in a number of ways such as; meeting with people on pre-release courses, meeting with people in the education units, meeting with people by appointment on visits and meeting with people through the Training and employments officers (T.E.O.'s) from I.A.S.I.O., through the Integrated sentence management (I.S.M.) officers, probation and prison links workers in the prisons also.
There are people from organisations such as The Pathways Centre, Care after prison (C.A.P.), Pace, The bridge project, Rialto community drug team. Release, and many others who you can ask to see or speak to when you see them in the prison and they will all try to help you in any way that they can.
WHO WE HELP
We aim to help people who have experienced imprisonment. That could mean before, during and after imprisonment. We will also aim to help the families of people who have experienced imprisonment as imprisonment can effect many people. It must be noted that we have been aided massively by the Irish Prison Service (I.P.S.) regarding access to prisons and continual support in favour of helping individuals and their families who have experienced imprisonment.