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The proposes new Victorian prison at Ravenhall must achieve best practice in rehabilitation, health services, and transition back into the community. 
The Interchurch Criminal Justice Taskforce has called on the Victorian Government to ensure that its tender process achieves these goals, in order to contribute to a safer and more just society.
In a speech to a VincentCare Victoria staff conference on 30 May 2013, Executive Director Denis Fitzgerald refected on the challenge of presenting the positive message of the Gospel at a time when so many are repulsed by the revelations of sexual abuse and cover up:  it is our fruits that will determine whether we have been true to our mission, and deserve the respect and the cooperation of staff and of society.

In Australia, over many years, the Church has sought to take this day as an opportunity to encourage a pastoral view that embraces our total community as the living Body of Christ. Click here for a reflection from Catholic Social Services Victoria on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, inclusion within Church communities, and the need for continued advocacy in support of that National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The attached article by Kate Jones and Ruth Webber from the Australian Catholic University, considers the response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires by the CatholicCare/Centacare agencies from Melbourne, Bendigo and Gippsland. These agencies received funding from the Archbishop’s Bushfire Appeal to introduce innovative programs tailored to the needs of the community and with the aim of building community capacity. However the question of whether the programs are sustainable when existing funding runs out remains open. The article is from the Australian Journal of Public Administration
Prior to the 2010 Victorian election, Heads of Churches called on politicians to recognise that building a safe and just Victoria requires a focus not just on prisons, but on rehabilitation, on prevention, early intervention, and on transition back into the community - prison should be a last resort. Click here for the letter.

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Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work. Click for our Reconciliation Vision
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