What Are Some Conditions for Prisoners to Be Sent to Halfway Houses?


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For a prisoner to be sent to a halfway house, he needs to make it through a certain amount of time in his custody term and have a review by prison officials, according to the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding release to a halfway house, and they may differ than the process in Ohio.

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While it can vary based on the individual jail, inmates in Ohio generally get a review for halfway house eligibility when they have 17 to 19 months left on their sentence, says the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio. In Ohio, the program falls under the Second Chance Act. This allows inmates to serve the final 10 percent, or up to six months of their entire sentence, in a halfway house, allowing them to gradually become accustomed to life outside of prison. There is also the option of serving half the time in the halfway house, then the other half with home incarceration.

Not all inmates in Ohio are eligible to be released from prison and complete their sentence in a halfway house, says the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio. For example, inmates might not be eligible if they have not paid toward the financial responsibility program, don't follow program recommendation, or have outstanding warrants. Detainers, pending cases and bad institution adjustment are other reasons to deny an inmate.

If an inmate has been approved to do half of their time in a halfway house and the other half at home, they start at the halfway house, according to the United States District Northern District of Ohio. The only time the inmate can go to home incarceration first is if he is at a minimum-security prison camp.

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