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29 November 2018

Mates on the Move and Class Mates training projects recognised for assisting people leaving prison.

Mates on the Move and Class Mates training projects today received a bronze award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPA recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Prisoners’ Aid Association of New South Wales Incorporated Chair Tim Laporte said the projects were created to facilitate education and employment opportunities for men and women exiting the justice system.

“The biggest challenge faced by ex-offenders is getting a job with its implications on income, housing, establishing new networks and moving forward. We aim to provide employment opportunities and work experience to reduce recidivism and crime, restore self-esteem, and have positive effects on families of ex-prisoners,” Mr Laporte said.

Margaret Anderson, the Deputy-Chair of the board of Prisoners’ Aid, the organisation behind Mates on the Move said: “It’s great to be recognised as a community organisation assisting in reducing recidivism—but ultimately this award is a win for those that do the training and take advantage of the opportunity.”

“We can provide a structure, but it’s the ex-prisoners that bring the motivation,” she said.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said the projects are assisting people when they need it most.

Mates on the Move provides practical on the job experience and employment pathways which creates a sense of place and belonging for participants,” Mr Phelan said.

All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.

NSW ACVPA Board member Youth and Crime Prevention Commander, Superintendent David Roptell said: “Programs like Mates on the Move deliver a range of diverse opportunities for offenders that may want a second chance at life, through work experience and training programs, with the aim of reducing crime and creating safer communities.”

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

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29 November 2018