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Reentry planning begins when an inmate is committed. Within 6 months of release, planning intensifies. Through cooperation from the inmate and collaboration with the Institutional Reentry Committee, we identify the specific reentry needs of each inmate and address them. Some of the areas covered are:
We have created a database of housing options for releasing inmates at risk for homelessness. Each prison uses a certified Housing Search Specialist to access residential programs, shelters, and sober houses as options to consider while working on reentry plans.
The Parole Board and the DOC have collaborated to produce a post-release program called the Transitional Treatment Program (TTP). The TTP provides parolees with evidence-based structured treatment to ensure a successful transition to an aftercare plan in the community.
Our department partners with MassHealth to provide health insurance to releasing inmates. This trailblazing program has been nationally recognized as a model for other states to replicate. This partnership allows community access upon release to:
Mental health services
Substance abuse treatment
We encourage inmates to obtain vital identity documents. We help them obtain:
Through Reentry Orientation Presentations and Institutional Reentry Committee collaboration, inmates have the opportunity to create linkages to community resources prior to release. Some of these resources are:
The Parole Board operates Regional Reentry Centers across the state. These centers help released inmates make the transition from prison to the community.
These centers are open to released inmates with no post-release supervision and are located in Springfield, Quincy, Lawrence, Framingham, Brockton, New Bedford and Worcester.
The School of Reentry at the Boston Pre-Release Center is a pilot program open to minimum security inmates. While serving the end of their sentences, inmates take part in programs to develop their:
Critical reasoning skills