What Are Some Prison Release Programs?

Some prison release programs are state and federal housing voucher grant programs, resume writing, job-search assistance services and social mentoring. Re-entry programs exist to aid prisoners both after release and while serving time in prison and can include job-training programs and skill-building assistance to help prisoners keep a job after release.

Housing vouchers, such as those provided by the state of Washington, help prisoners obtain appropriate housing upon release. The program in Washington targets released prisoners that do not have an approved address for release. Eligible individuals receive a voucher for a certain amount of money for a few months following release in order to secure adequate housing as of 2015.

Upon re-entry into society, prisoners often need to form new social networks to prevent recidivism. Additionally, prisoners often need support to reunify with family. Programs such as those provided in the District of Columbia by the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington provide volunteer support for prisoners working towards these endeavors.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons believes that re-entry preparation begins when a person begins serving a prison term. The Federal Prison Industries program includes vocational and occupational training for inmates, with more serious preparation for release beginning 18 months before the prisoner's anticipated exit date. Presentations offered to inmates provide information on job searches following release.

Mock job fairs and mock interview programs help prisoners practice job-hunting skills. Federal programs also help inmates prepare transcript and resume documents for use upon release. The Federal Bureau of Prisons re-entry programs provide certain prisoners with clothing, transportation and cash assistance upon release.