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The Offenders’ Families Helpline

If a family member has been arrested, you may be in need of advice on issues such as what it means if they are charged, how bail works and their rights in custody.

The Offenders Families helpline has lots of information to help support families and friends of prisoners that may be of use to you including:

  • What happends when someone is arrested?
  • Court procedures, rights and facilities
  • Community sentences
  • Prison; what happends, how to tell the children, keeping in touch, help with the cost of visiting a family member in prision, concerns over a prisioner's mental health
  • Release, rehabilitation of offenders, recall to prision, and parole 


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Last updated 10/01/2022