I am worried they will offend again. What can I do? 

Be as supportive as possible. Talk to each other about your fears and potential temptations that may arise, and discuss how you can tackle them together. If drugs and alcohol are an issue they may need support from an external agency. If there are financial and debt concerns you may also need support from an external agency. Click here for information on who you can contact. 

Will prison have changed their behaviour?

Everyone is different, but prison can have an effect on people's mood and behaviour for some time after release. Changes can be temporary whilst they adjust to life outside, however, the effects can be long term.

What do I do if I am concerned about our relationship after release?

If you are concerned about your loved one's mood or feel you could benefit from support there are a number of ways we can help. We can provide:

  • Family Mentors who provide emotional support to families over the phone or face to face.
  • Through the Gate Mentors who offer practical and emotional support to people being released from prison on issues including housing, finance, debt, childcare and substance misuse.
  • Peer Support Groups where you can meet other people in similar situations and share your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a non-judgmental, friendly environment.

You can also contact the Pact Helpline on 0808 808 3444, Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.