Prisons & Probation

Life101 has been working in a number of locations around New Zealand with prisoners and individuals on either probation or undertaking community work.

With a positive shift in rehabilitation methods both inside and outside of prison walls Life101 has been assisting with achieving the target of reducing re-offending by 25% by 2017. The statistics have shown that a justice system of punishment and simply locking prisoners up for their sentence creates no positive personal change for when they’re released back into the community.

Life101 has three programmes available to prison and probation units around New Zealand. Below is an outline of each of the the programmes and the positive, measurable outcomes for each.


The course was amazing! It is inspirational, educational and has encouraged me to take stock of my life and make the necessary changes to get ahead and be the happiest, most productive, successful person I can

– Dunedin, Probation Services

One of the best programmes I’ve done in prison. Very informative. Things I will pursue upon release.

-Paremoremo, Prison

Motivated to change my way of thinking

– Paremoremo, Prison

Phil you were a tremendous tutor and I find you easy to listen to, I enjoyed your informal and relaxed teaching style. A real inspiration thank you!

-Dunedin, Probation Services

Good course. Didn’t want to do it at first, glad I came to it now

-Paremoremo, Prison

Very important course to people. Learnt I have no knowledge of the real world.

– Paremoremo, Prison

Department of Corrections’ Objectives & Outcomes

The four Life101 programmes hugely benefit prisoners and probation offenders, leading to tangible benefits and improvements occurring when assessed against the Department of Corrections’ four main ‘Priorities’ (objectives).

Below is an outline of how the Life101 programmes produce the required outcomes when assessed against the Department of Corrections’ objectives, please click on each of the below links for more information;

The below outcomes will ensure offenders are motivated and have sufficient skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in their lives for the better and break the ‘cycle of re-offending’, rather than returning to a life of crime. This will lead to reduced re-offending, fewer victims and therefore improved social well-being in their communities;

  • Offenders will leave the Life101 programmes motivated to make a positive change in their lives, become productive members of society, all because they will have opportunities available to them that they may not have once realised.
  • Offenders will set goals, both financial and life goals, which will keep them focussed while integrating into society and becoming productive members of society.
  • Offenders will have confidence and self-confidence to be able to reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.
  • Offenders will be provided basic life skills that will benefit them and their families throughout their lives; skills that they will be able to pass on to their friends, family and children which will lead to lasting change.
  • Offenders will be provided financial skills so they’re able to take charge of their financial futures and be proud of what they can achieve, both for themselves and their families.

Public safety will be improved by the reduction in re-offending through motivation and skills learnt/received in the Life101 programmes, as are outlined above.

At Life101 we feel if a past offender is motivated and has opportunities available to them there will be significantly reduced reasons for them to go back to a life of crime and re-offending.  This all leads to a safer community and a more educated and inspired community as the basic skills learnt in the Life101 programmes are handed down through family and Whanau generations (ie. how to save money, get a job etc).

If offenders are motivated to make a difference in their lives after they’ve been provided with the necessary hard and soft-skills from the Life101 programmes, they will become more productive members of society.  This will lead to them providing ‘value’ to the community and economy through employment and endeavours they’d like to pursue (ie. educating and inspiring people in their community, working with at-risk youth, starting a business etc).

Once offenders have completed their community work or probation hours they will create a positive change and become productive members of society. They’ll no longer be a financial burden on New Zealand’s justice system which has ongoing financial and social benefits for the country as well as individual communities.

Prisons and probation units will be seen positively as showing leadership and being innovative by introducing a new and innovative educational concept like Life101 into education streams to try and break the cycle of re-offending and encourage offenders to become motivated and inspired by their lives. Life101 will work closely with prison and probation staff to ensure all parties are being supported to reach the mutually beneficial outcomes outlined above.

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