All referrals to CSS are made by the Irish Prison Service, and all decisions granting temporary releases under CSS are made by the Irish Prison Service.
CSS is run in conjunction with the Irish Prison Service, and offers prisoners serving sentences between 3 and 12 months the opportunity to serve part of their sentence in the community rather than in the prison. This constructive community based alternative is a means of positive sentence management offering a chance for change in an effort for people to break the cycle of repeated short-term imprisonments. It is a short-term practical intervention linking those availing of this temporary release programme to services within their home locality, as a means of improving the individual’s chances of sustaining life outside of prison.
The Cork Alliance Centre support the CSS programme in Cork Prison and the Portlaoise Prison Complex (Portlaoise and Midlands prisons). The programme extends beyond Cork residents with outreach support provided in the community in Portlaoise for those who engage in the programme. The Cork office also supports participants from Kerry, Waterford and surrounding areas.
When you start to link with the Cork Alliance Centre you will meet a CSS Community Support Coordinator, who does just that - helps you coordinate your sentence in the community to ensure that you have access to the most appropriate supports available for you, in your own home locality, as you bring the changes into your life that are needed.
Please see the Support Services section for further details on the supports available on this programme.
Contacts (office hours only)
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