Change is possible

Support ex-offenders on the way to a new life

3rd Prize

winner 50200
Country / Region:
throughout Czech Republic
Commercial Enterprise
Fields of action:
Criminality / Justice / Offender support
Age of the target group:
26 - 60 years = adults
Gender of the target group:
male only
Project owner:
Responsible person:
Věra Babišová

What is it about?

We prove that the released ex-offenders are able to re-socialize if the support is comprehensive and starts sufficiently early before the release and continues afterwards. The project offers employment in the prison, obtaining the approved qualification, working skills, life competences and comprehensive support after the release – employment, accommodation, solution of life situations.

Appreciation of the Jury

Vinarice prison mainly accommodates repeat offenders with ever new, long-term sentences. Upon release, without material and social support, their return into prison is almost certain. To be able to do something whilst in prison, and what more is: something that prepares for the world “out there”, is worth its weight in gold. With innovative vigour, 'Change is Possible' builds a bridge for an unpopular target group. A bridge from a closed system into a world that has not only become foreign but downright hostile for the former detainees. So far, this bridge has mostly stood firm: 18% – instead of the usual 70% –had to return to the closed system. If all cooperate, then several such bridges could be built.