Reentry programs

We offer many programs and workshops for inmates to prepare for life after their release.

Overview

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:

  • housing
  • continuity of care for medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment
  • health insurance
  • employment
  • benefits
  • probation and parole coordination
  • victim and public safety notifications

Housing

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.

Health insurance and medical care

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:

  • Medical services

  • Mental health services

  • Substance abuse treatment

Regional Reentry Centers

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

  • Find work

  • Find counseling

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.

School of Reentry

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:

  • Educational skills

  • Professional skills

  • Critical reasoning skills

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