Before prison

If a prison sentence is a possibility and bail has been granted there is the opportunity to plan ahead.  

There are a number of things to consider before prison.

These include:

  • granting power of attorney to a  family member or friend so they can do financial and legal tasks
  • organising children and who is going to look after them
  • rehoming pets
  • putting belongings in storage
  • cancelling contracts
  • banking and debts
  • paying bills, taxes and rent
  • visiting a dentist, doctor, optometrist and
  • organising a list of contacts on paper.

What to take to court and what not to

It's important to think carefully about what needs to be taken to court. If a prison sentence is received all possessions will be taken. Items which are prohibited in prison will be disposed of within two weeks unless collection is organised.

Don’t wear expensive clothes or jewellery as it will be put in storage. Shoe laces will be removed so it’s best to wear footwear without shoe laces.

Belts and ties will also be removed. Mobile phones and electronics are prohibited in prison and must be turned off at court. Food and drink (alcoholic and soft) will be disposed of.

Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste are not allowed to be brought into prison.