I have many years experience working in Criminal Justice in the UK and now Australia. Whilst in the UK I have seen first hand the benefits of a Bail Hostel for indivuduals coming out of Prison and high risk offenders serving a sentence in the community. Evidence would suggest that stable housing would not only provide stability to an individual (maslow) but would also see a person more able to apply for employment. An individual is also able to access and engage better in rehabilitation programs and provide Government agencies a more effective way of monitoring individuals behaviour. Given the cost of keeping a person in prison it would also be cost effective to utilise hostel's and provide better transition to the community.
Given this, I am not sure why Bail Hostels are not active in Australia. Is there a reason for this? I would like to run my own bail hostel, is this possible in Australia? Any help would be appreciated.