Prison Release Diary

title
Prison Release Diary
client
Council of the Aged
Victoria State Government Department of Corrections
DESCRIPTION
An information rich diary designed to help people reintegrate into the outside world after a long time inside.

One of the biggest challenges anyone can face is reintegrating into society after a long period of institutionalisation.  Going from an environment of locked doors, regulated routines, limited self direction and behaviour monitoring by others, many prisoners are released into a world where their contacts are gone, the landscape has changed, technology has moved on and they find multiple barriers ahead - like being able to find jobs or accomodation.

Victoria's Council of the Ageing (COTA) identified this as a particular problem for older prisoners, and worked with Blue Vapours to produce this handy resource.  A diary in format, it takes prisoners on release through the support mechanisms and tips available to them to have a productive life "outside", to prevent recidivism (reoffending and winding up back in jail) and to protect vulnerable ex-prisoners from self harm.

Fonts used were larger, for older readers, and the colour palette is bright and friendly to create a more optimistic feel.

Icon sets were used extensively, along with photography, to aid navigation through materials for those with lower literacy levels.  Blue Vapours is particularly proud of this project ( along with COTA's 'Death of a Partner: Guide to Dealing with the Death of a Loved One'), since it is a project which works for the wider social good by helping individuals, one of our key goals.