Prisons & Probation

What Prisoners Need

To prevent reoffending prisoners need to be armed with essential life and financial skills, and be motivated to make a change in their lives.

Life101 is an altruistic enterprise that owns and delivers two three-day life and financial skills courses to individuals in prison that lack and require these essential skills and direction.

A strong focus on the motivation behind the skills ensures immediate action is taken and there is longevity in the skills and personal development being received.


“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.”

– Dunedin Probation Services

“Usually I get bored easily on prison courses but Life101 made it interesting and helped me learn a lot so big ups guys.”

– Mt Eden Prison

I’m able to recognise my triggers that have the potential to be problems and will stop them before they become a problem.”

– 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!”

– Wiri Women’s Prison

“Great course. I didn’t want to do it at first, glad I came to it now as it has set me on a path to a much different future I have been on. Thanks so much Life101.”

– Paremoremo Prison

“Very important course for people. I learnt I had no knowledge of the real world until I did the Life101 course. Probably why I ended up in here!”

– Northland Region Correctional Facility

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 ensure prisoners are motivated and have sufficient skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in their lives and break the ‘cycle of re-offending’. This leads to reduced re-offending, fewer victims and therefore improved social well-being in their communities;

  • Prisoners leave Life101 programmes motivated to make a positive change in their lives, become productive members of society, all because they have opportunities available to them that they may not have once realised.
  • Prisoners set goals, both financial and life goals, which keeps them focussed while integrating into society, and becoming productive members of society.
  • Prisoners have confidence and self-confidence to be able to reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.
  • Prisoners are provided basic life skills that will benefit them and their families throughout their lives; skills that they are able to pass on to their friends, family and children which leads to lasting change.
  • Prisoners are 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 is improved by the reduction in re-offending through motivation and skills learnt/received in the Life101 programmes.

If a past prisoner 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 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 prisoners 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 become more productive members of society.  This leads 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 prisoners have completed their community work or probation hours they will create a positive change and become productive members of society. They no longer are 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 are seen positively as showing leadership and being innovative by introducing an innovative educational concept like Life101 into education streams to break the cycle of re-offending, and encourage offenders to become motivated and inspired by their lives. Life101 works closely with prison and probation staff to ensure all parties are being supported to reach the mutually beneficial outcomes outlined above.