Care After Prison (CAP) is a national peer led criminal justice charity supporting people affected by imprisonment, current and former offenders and their families.  Our team works hard to provide a safe space and a range of services including prison in reach, community support, peer led mentoring, family support, information, advice and referral services.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. If you are seeking support, information, advice or referral to other services, CAP is here to help.

CAP Freephone: 1800 839 970 Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

Our drop-in and offices are closed due to Covid-19 to ensure our service users and staff stay as well as possible but our support, information and advice services are available Monday to Friday 10am-5pm through our Freephone line: 1800 839 970 . So if you have been in prison, are on a community return scheme, have just been released and/ or have a loved one inside, and, need information, advice or support, give CAP a call, speak to one of our support workers. It will be a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you. You can also email 

NEW CAP Services

We are expanding our Freephone Line with a dedicated Family Support Freephone on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-10pm. If you are a family affected by imprisonment, call us on 1800 839 970 on Monday or Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 10pm.  

We have also set up a New Peer Support Phone Line on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5pm-7pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm-4.30pm, so if you are in prison and/ or have recently been released, call us on 0867925747 and speak to a trained peer mentor for support. You will speak with someone who has experience of being “inside” and who is now living on the outside.

Thankfully, physical visits are back again from July 20th. The Irish Prison Service provides a step-by-step guide here:

For more information, please read this Family Information Booklet.

Care After Prison is a registered charity.

Registered Charity Number: 20081003

Care After Prison is not permitted to work with those involved in the criminal justice sector for crimes relating to a sexual nature, including:

  • those convicted of any nature of a sex offence
  • those on remand and awaiting trial for a sex offence
  • those on bail for charges of a sexual nature
  • those having been charged with a sex offence
  • anyone before the courts on sex offences.