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A second chance: life after prison

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. But how can you best support people who were just released from prison? What does quality support look like where it comes to the rehabilitation and resocialisation of inmates, former inmates and probationers? And what level of additional support does a person who uses drugs need in this process? A new project in Georgia intends to set the standard.


Key objectives

In January 2017, the Georgian Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health – TANADGOMA – dived into ‘transition management’. Mainline was proud to partner with them in this important, EU-funded project.

The title of the project in Georgia was ‘Improved opportunities for psycho-social rehabilitation and re-socialization of inmates, former inmates and probationers in Georgia’. This title reflects the main objective of the project perfectly.

In the framework of the EU-supported project, the three, more specific, objectives were:

  • To provide psychosocial and medical rehabilitation and resocialisation of inmates, former inmates and probationers, including people who use drugs through Social Bureaus in Tbilisi and three regions of Georgia (Imereti, Adjara, and Samegrelo);
  • To provide psychosocial rehabilitation and therapeutic support to inmates, former inmates and probationers with a dependency on drugs;
  • Advocacy for improved transition management for inmates, including people who have drug dependence problems.

Mainlines contribution to the project fell under the third objective. We studied best practices in ‘transition management’ in Europe and the Netherlands. The studies feeded into the Georgian counterpart study, which analyzed the current situation in Georgia. The reports will form the evidence-base for future advocacy efforts.

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