Irish Penal Reform Trust

Leaving prison: What now?

Useful publications

What Now? Booklet

What now? Useful things to know before and after your release is a booklet published by the Department for Social and Family Affairs.

'Out the Gap' - A Practical Guide for Former Prisoners in the Cork - Kerry - Waterford region is published by the Post Release Education Service, Cork Prison.

Information is also available on the Citizens Information website:

Support Organisations

Click here for more info + contact details for organisations offering support and assistance before and after release.

Community Employment Programme

The Community Employment Programme has provision for those who have been in prison. The eligibility criteria is as follows: Ex-offenders aged 18 years or over and referred by the Probation Service; Ex-offenders aged 18 and over, not referred by the Probation Service and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for a period of one year or more. Time spent as a prisoner is regarded as reckonable when considering duration unemployed.


More information on FÁS training schemes and the High Support Process, which has been extended to former prisoners and former offenders, is available here.

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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