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Reentry planning begins when an inmate is committed. Within 6 months of release, planning intensifies. Through a combination of workshops, presentations, and monthly committee meetings, we try and identify the specific needs of each inmate out in the community and address them. Some of the areas covered are:
We have created a database of housing options for releasing inmates at risk for homelessness. Housing Search Specialists in the prisons have residential programs, shelters, and sober houses as options to consider while working on reentry plans.
The Parole Board can also coordinate with us with the Transitional Housing Program for parolees and ex-inmates, providing beds through one of its 12 community housing vendors.
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
The Parole Board operates Regional Reentry Centers across the state. These centers help released inmates make the transition from prison to the community. Staff help them:
Get food assistance
Get a state I.D. card
Renew a driver's license
Open a bank account
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. Inmates finish their sentence and take part in programs to develop their:
Critical reasoning skills