This enquiry confirms that access to rehabilitation services remains the dominant concern for prisoners and former prisoners struggling with addiction. They are highly vulnerable to relapse and more likely to reoffend if they are unable to access timely, consistent and targeted support services, both within prison and upon release.
The problem is of particular concern in rural and regional Victoria, and is exacerbated by lack of access to secure and affordable housing.
The enquiry was informed by submissions sought by the Ombudsman in December 2016. Twenty-three submissions were received, from individuals and organisations.
The Victorian Ombudsman decided to look into the availability and effectiveness of alcohol and other drug services following the 2015 Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria.