Halfway houses provide transitional services and supervision to prisoners with the goal of helping these individuals re-enter society, explains Lawyers.com. Sometimes referred to as community corrections centers or residential re-entry centers, federal, state and local penal systems run these facilities. Private companies, nonprofit organizations or government agencies can manage halfway houses. The legal system still designates residents of halfway houses as prisoners.
Halfway houses offer varying services to inmates, including substance abuse programming, employment and educational services, and cognitive therapy groups, notes Lawyers.com. These centers may also offer parenting and life skills classes, financial counseling, anger management classes and spiritual classes. In addition, domestic abuse counseling, programs for sex offenders and behavior medication programs are available at some halfway houses.
Inmates usually reside at halfway houses for a period of one to six months, but some may remain at these centers for one year, reports Lawyers.com. A prisoner is responsible for paying for his health insurance and medical care during the time he resides at the halfway house. Prisoners also pay a fee to stay at the halfway house, which is usually equivalent to 25 percent of the inmate's gross income. Prison authorities look at an inmate's disciplinary record and his record of participation in rehabilitative programs to determine his eligibility to live at a halfway house. A prisoner can refuse to relocate to a halfway house, but he may incur penalties for doing so.