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Department of Justice Victoria

Partnerships in Transition

Experiences of the Judy

Lazarus Transition Centre (JLTC)

Partnerships in Transition

JLTC Background

Operating since April 2007

Male prisoners, serving long sentences or a sequence of shorter sentences who are assessed to have significant barriers to transition and demonstrate willingness to engage in change

Intensive transitional program (last 6-8 months of sentence) designed to reduce re-offending

Strengths based case management model (GLM)

Daily access to community (work experience, volunteering, services, supports, counselling, education, familiarisation) based on demonstrated needs

Partnerships in Transition

JLTC Results

84% of residents released in the last financial year were employed upon release (85% had reported no confirmed job prospects on arrival at JLTC)

94% of Residents released in this time were assisted to organise housing without burdening the public and community housing systems (family or friends, share houses or private rental)

JLTC residents completed an average of 5468 hours of community work per month in the last financial year (across 14 not for profit organisations)

95% of residents reported increased support and connection to family and community due to their time at JLTC

89% of residents who transitioned from JLTC have successfully completed at least 2 years in the community post sentence

Partnerships in Transition

A ‘Wicked Problem’

Partnerships in Transition

Power of Community Partnerships

  • Ongoing access to resources and relationships

  • Variety needed to match individual needs

  • Acceptance (belonging) leads to accountability

  • Improved self confidence and belief (value)

  • Increase capacity of support networks not just the individual

Partnerships in Transition

Lessons Learnt

  • Know your public value (and be able to demonstrate it!)

  • Have a contemporary marketing or promotional plan (understand your audience)

  • Invite the public in (use their interest in the ‘inside world’ to open doors)

  • Involve the individuals (real people and real stories make a difference)

  • Be bold, but humble (ask but understand)

  • Use your connections to make connections

  • Match partnerships to meet individual needs (make it meaningful)

  • Celebrate success and appreciate partners

Partnerships in Transition

When it doesn’t work - Ron’s Story





Service 2



Service 1


Partnerships in Transition

When it works – Tony’s Story



Work Experience




Cert IV class


Service 1

Service 2

Judy Lazarus Transition Centre