Halfway Houses

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Alyson Seabert
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Federal Halfway Houses
Many inmates making the transition from being in jail or prison, to the so called “real world” have nowhere to go. They have no home, no job, or even family to help support them. This is why inmates who have been incarcerated for over a certain amount of time should be offered a stay at a “half-way house” because it helps them regain social skills needed for functioning in society and prevents recidivism, it helps them find a job, and can also help them with past addictions.

Some studies show that inmates released back into society with no help from outside sources had a much greater chance of being re-incarcerated. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics webpage “Recidivism”, “During 2007 a total of 1,180,469 persons on parole were at risk for re-incarceration. Of these parolees 16% were returned to incarceration in 2007.”(n.p.) Although it doesn’t point out exactly what these inmates were re-incarcerated for, maybe if they were put into a halfway house before being put back into society they would have had a greater chance of success. Federal halfway houses are designed so that inmates don’t return to prison. This being said, there are many requirements that need to be met by an inmate to even be considered for a halfway house. There are five main factors that are considered when an inmate is looking into a halfway house. Many of these reasons have to do with the inmate’s criminal charges and behavior while in prison. The first thing the inmate’s care team does is take a look at why the inmate is in prison in the first place. This helps them with keeping out violent inmates, or inmates who possibly don’t want the help. The second thing they look at is the house’s current resources. If they don’t have the people to meet the needs of that particular inmate, they might refer him/her to come back at a different time, or refer the inmate to a different halfway house that can meet their...
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