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​Families Handbook


The Families Handbook was developed as a joint initiative between Corrective Services NSW and the Community Restorative Centre.

The Handbook is an important guide for families and friends of people who are incarcerated. It provides valuable information about the criminal justice system, keeping in contact with someone in custody and the type of support services that exist for inmates in custody and their families in the community.

The Handbook can be downloaded as a complete document or as separate sections.

Familes Handbook by section

Cover, acknowledgements and contents [PDF, 2mb]
Location of prisons and Community Corrections  [PDF, 209kb]
Chapter 1. Understanding the NSW criminal justice system  [PDF, 326kb]
Chapter 2. Going to prison [PDF, 1mb]
Chapter 3. Drug and alcohol problem [PDF, 596kb]
Chapter 4. Alternatives to detention [PDF, 232kb]
Chapter 5. Keeping in contact [PDF, 1mb]
Chapter 6. Coping with a family member in prison [PDF, 401kb]
Chapter 7. Communicating with Corrective Services [PDF, 40kb]
Chapter 8. Children with a parent in prison [PDF, 1mb]
Chapter 9. Caring for children [PDF, 495kb]
Chapter 10. Housing issues for families of inmates [PDF, 667kb]
Chapter 11. Money issues [PDF, 257kb]
Chapter 12. Aboriginal families [PDF, 2mb]
Chapter 13. Families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds [PDF, 648]
Chapter 14. Getting out [PDF, 891mb]
Chapter 15. Coming home [PDF, 273kb]
Chapter 16. Health issues [PDF, 1mb]

Click for the complete Families HandbookFamilies Handbook: Click the image above to download the complete handbook. [PDF, 12mb]