2 Feb 2011

Organisations take over prisoner help

8:22 am on 2 February 2011

A new deal to pay for easing former inmates into life outside jail has been announced.

Last year, $2.5 million of funding was pulled from the Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society's national office, which the Corrections Minister described as an insolvent black hole.

The money will now be split between three organisations based in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch.

The groups will help offenders with tasks like finding jobs and accommodation.

The Corrections Department says the financial situation of each of the new providers has been investigated, and regular monitoring will keep the new funding deal on track.