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“Only literate can be changed”

Project Carrier: NEOSTART- Centre for Criminal Prevention and Post-Penal Rehabilitation

Financial Supporter: ERSTE Bank

Project Duration: 01.08.2016. - 15.02.2017.

The main goal of the project is to idevelop a model literacy of young people who leave juvenile detention center.

„Support to establishing of the network of institutions for providing the prisoner after-care“

Project Carrier: NEOSTART-Centre for Crime Prevention and Post-Penal Assistance

Financial Support: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Project Duration: 15.06.2016 — 15.12.2016.

The main goal of the project is linkage the parole offices of eight cities in Serbia with all of the relevant local actors (organizations, institutions, and individuals) that can offer support in the process of adjusting to life after prison. In order to implement this activity it will first be necessary to identify potential associates in the local communities in order to present to them the importance of post-penal acceptance and the role that they may have in it (by way of individual meetings with each actor), and also to have reached an agreement with employees of the parole offices in the identified cities. The last step is to organize a collective meeting with all of the actors so that they may meet the employees of the parole offices and together define a model of cooperation.

„OPEN BOX“

Project Carrier: NEOSTART-Centre for Crime Prevention and Post-Penal Assistance

Financial Support: DobroČiniTi

Project Duration: 01.07.2016 — 31.12.2016.

The main goal of the project is developing support program for young people who leave juvenile detention center.

“Support for the implementation of new legal regulations in the field of post-penal treatment”

Project Carrier: NEOSTART- Centre for Criminal Prevention and Post-Penal Rehabilitation

Financial Supporter: Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy

Project Duration: 01.05.2015 - 30.04.2016

The main goal of the project is to increase the capability of parole offices to implement the new legal regulations concerning post-penal treatment (defined new regulations: regulations over the execution of probation sanctions and measures and regulations over the execution of criminal sanctions). Such a goal will be achieved through two main activities. The first activity concerns connecting the parole offices of eight cities in Serbia (Valjevo, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Sombor, Subotica, Sombor, Požarevac, Užice, and Niš) with all of the relevant local actors (organizations, institutions, and individuals) that can offer support in the process of adjusting to life after prison. In order to implement this activity it will first be necessary to identify potential associates in the local communities in order to present to them the importance of post-penal acceptance and the role that they may have in it (by way of individual meetings with each actor), and also to have reached an agreement with employees of the parole offices in the identified cities. The last step is to organize a collective meeting with all of the actors so that they may meet the employees of the parole offices and together define a model of cooperation. At all the meetings, like the ordered visits to parole offices, but also at any meetings about relevant results and information, we will also report the conduct for carrying out criminal sanctions.

The second activity is to develop a model of support for ex-convicts by way of connection between the parole offices of Belgrade and NEOSTART. This collaboration will form by way of NEOSTART’s engagement in work which is compatible with the needs of parole offices in Belgrade such as: field work, assistance in active job seeking, psychological counseling, and an SOS Line, as well as any other activities related to post-penal assistance which may appear necessary at certain periods. As a result of these activities a constant contact will develop between the employees of parole offices and the activity coordinators at NEOSTART, as will regular reporting on specific cases (to coordinators and parole office workers), and on the status of the cooperation as a whole (to the leaders of the board for the execution of criminal sanctions).

One of the final activities is the production of manuals about the proper model of practice in the realm of post-penal treatment, which will arise as a result of the network formed between parole offices and local relevant actors, but which will be formed first and foremost by the cooperation between the parole offices of Belgrade and NEOSTART. The completed manuals, as well as all other project results, will be promoted in the media.

The time frame for these collaborative activities are as follows:

  • The collaboration between NEOSTART and the parole offices identified above will take place over the entire project duration.
  • Connecting parole offices with local actors will take place from June 1, 2015-December 31, 2015.
  • Media promotion will take place from April 1-April 30 2016.

„Developing Guidelines for Working with Priosoners and their Families in the Framework of Prisoner Post-Release Treatment Programme“

Project Carrier: NEOSTART-Centre for Crime Prevention and Post-Penal Assistance

Financial Support: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Project Duration: 01.06.2015 — 30.11.2015

A survey conducted by NEOSTART about the needs of ex-convicts indicates that approximately 80% of formerly convicted criminals are in regular contact with members of their family and friends while serving their time in prison, and believe that they will be able to rely on their support when they are let out of prison. As such this program aims to develop recommendations for work with clients and their families in the sphere of the post-penal acceptance program. Recommendations will be developed based on quality data which is collected, but also based on practical experience which will be acquired over the course of implementing the project. This will help further the development of a stable programme for supporting families who are in the process of accepting an ex-convict into their lives, as well as the overall development of a post-penal program.

The project will develop through two phases. The first phase includes training a team formed by NEOSTART to work with families and the later implementation of the family support programme. Over the course of the training, experts in working with families and family therapy will convey to members of the team necessary theoretical and practical knowledge needed for further work. In addition to members of the organization, it is planned that the training is overseen by someone employed at the district prison in Belgrade and the parole office in Belgrade. The second phase includes working with six ex-convicts whose prison sentences will expire by the end of the year, and are serving their sentences in the district prison of Belgrade. In particular, the work with the convicted involves advising them in the domain of family behavior, and parallel work will be done with their families. The NEOSTART team will become familiar with the prisoner’s families, their individual structures, their strengths and weaknesses, and based on this perception develop interventions which will be applied in work with convincted persns, as well as with members of their families, and all with the constant supervision of educators. Over the course of the work, the principle of willingness will be respected, and only those convicted people and families who accept this principle will be taken into the programmes. The point is that the families are strengthened and made more able to provide the necessary support for convicted members, and any support from other teams will continue during and after the end of the project.

All of the work and the data obtained will be transcribed into a guide on the basis of which the program to support and prepare families for post-penal acceptance will be able to further develop and implement itself.

“Assessment of Post-release Needs of Prisoners”

Project Carrier: NEOSTART-Centre for Crime Prevention and Post-Penal Assistance

Financial Supporter: OSCE Mission to Serbia

Project Duration: 26.06.2014. - 26.12.2014.

The project " Assessment of Post-release Needs of Prisoners" is being implemented in three phases.

In the first phase was research carried out in period from September to October 2014, in four correctional institutions in Serbia (KPZ Nis, KPZ Sremska Mitrovica, KPZ Pozarevac and KPZ for female in Pozarevac). The goal of the research was collecting data regarding ex-prisoners needs in post-penal period. Research sample was constituted of prisoners which had two years or less to sentence expiration, second part was constituted of prison treatment officers. The research included 547 prisoners and 28 prison staff officers.

In the second phase of the project was round table with representatives of relevant institutions / organizations and individuals dealing with similar topics, where was presented the results of the research and after that was initiated discussions - how they can be used in practice.

In the third, final stage, was published publication that comprise the result now the research and conclusions of the roundtable. Presentation of the publication and completion of project activities was followed by conferences.