Sacro ready to support prisoners released during pandemic
Sacro fully understands the need to implement an early release of individuals from custody; for their safety and that of prison staff. We are also acutely aware that – although there is a need for urgency – any arrangements put in place must be robust and have community safety at their heart.
Although current restrictions present challenges in how we engage with the people we support, we are confident a safe and successful transition to community life can be delivered for those being released from custody. Sacro has worked closely with partners and local authorities to make sure we continue to provide the best supports possible with appropriate risk assessments being prepared to underpin release plans.
Annie Mauger-Thompson, Sacro Chief Executive said: “The first 72 hours following release is critical for most people and the importance of engaging with agencies offering housing, health, benefits and addiction support cannot be overstated. We must all understand they are being released into a very unfamiliar world and such a transition is challenging at the best of times. Many face issues with mental health, substance misuse, isolation (further compounded by self-isolation), child-care, housing and domestic abuse amongst others.
“The situation we face is unprecedented but the close planning and collaboration between all those tasked with keeping our communities safe means we are ready and able to provide effective support for all those who need it.”