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Pre & post release relief and support provisions

Ongoing support and assistance should be provided to girls & women pre-release and post-release. This can be achieved through individualised support via state services and it can be achieved via pre-release centres and progressive/open prisons systems.

The mental, emotional and physical needs of women and girls post-release (PR) from a penal facility can be complex. To address their needs and to help lower recidivism rates, State governments and services should aim to support women & girls that have exited a penal facility with a focus in the following areas:

a) Financial

b) Housing

c) Safety & privacy

d) Physical, mental & dental health

e) Education

f) Job training & placement

g) Childcare

h) Legal

i) Peer support & advocacy

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