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Stuck in the Slammer: How to Get Out Of Jail and Back to Normal Life

Written by Adams

One major contributor to recidivism is the lack of knowledge about resources for people who have just been released from jail. Not having money for transportation or food and not having a home make it tempting to commit more crimes to make money. To avoid becoming a pawn in the prison system, use these tips for getting out, staying out and becoming a thriving member of society.

Participate in Sentence Reduction Programs

Many states have sentence reduction programs to help combat the widespread problem of overcrowding. Prisoners who participate in these education or work programs may noticeably shorten their sentences.

Use a Bail Bond

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, people who fight their cases out of jail have better outcomes than those who fight them behind bars. After being arrested and charged with a crime, have an attorney, a family member, or a friend arrange for a bail bond. Some companies, such as All Star Bail Bonds, know that for some people, this is the only way to get out of jail. As a rule, a bail bond only costs about 10 percent of the total bail amount.

Join Support Groups

Every person needs a few advocates to help him or her avoid going back to jail. After being released, make a list of obstacles or temptations. For example, if drugs are a temptation, join a Narcotics Anonymous support group. There are plenty of other support groups for people who were recently released from jail. From getting emotional healing to help with creating a resume, everyone can find a few groups that will give them a boost.

Participate in Work and Education Programs

Many states have free or low-cost vocational programs for former prisoners. According to NPR, these programs have helped cut recidivism by over 10 percent across the United States in the past few years. With training for a stable career, it is easier to avoid the trap of committing crimes to make money. Also, work and education program sponsors keep lists of employers that hire people with criminal records. Some of the employers simply want to give people a second chance, and others may receive incentives for hiring ex-offenders.

Although starting over with little to nothing is difficult, it is possible. Perseverance is the key. Many people who are released from prison do not know where to look for the benefits that are available to them. To learn about financial assistance programs and rapid rehousing initiatives, call 211 or 311. These numbers lead people to local assistance organizations and human services programs.

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