Regional Reentry Centers
· Communitybased Regional Reentry Centers
(operated by the MA Parole Board) help exoffenders Reentry Services
make the transition from prison back into the
· Regional Reentry staff can assist released inmates
with getting food assistance, obtaining a Mass.
Identification Card or renewing a driver’s license,
opening a bank account, locating employment
and finding counseling.
· The DOC will transport state inmates with no
post release supervision to the RRC closest to
his/her release address. However, all exoffenders
are eligible to go to a RRC, any time postrelease. Friends
Reentry Presentations &
· Inmates who are within 6 months of release are
invited to attend an informative presentation that is
held at each institution on a regular basis to learn
about services available to them upon release.
Inmates are encouraged to ask any questions
Reentry planning begins upon
they may have regarding their release planning
commitment to the Department
of Correction. Access to a variety
of useful services and community
Any Questions? connections greatly improves
an exoffender’s ability to
For questions regarding reentry services, successfully reenter the
please call the institution and ask to speak community.
with the Director of Treatment or go to:
To locate an inmate go to:
Assessments/Programming Reentry Workshop MassHealth
Prior to classification, an inmate’s needs Although reentry starts upon commitment, A historic partnership with the Office of
are assessed by program staff members the release planning process intensifies one Medicaid (MassHealth) was established in
targeting particular need areas, such as year prior to release.
2004 to ensure released offenders had access
education, vocational training, psychological Inmates who are within one year of release to critical mental health, medical and substance
services, or substance abuse. are identified and encouraged to attend a abuse treatment.
ten day Reentry Workshop at their institution.
A variety of religious, recreational and 60 days prior to release, the Correctional
These workshops are offered at all institutions Program Officer (CPO) and the inmate
volunteer services are available at all
and are designed to support the successful complete a MassHealth application.
institutions. reintegration of inmates to the community,
assist with developing a reentry plan and Inmates may be required to submit verification
Numerous programs are offered, including: teach basic life skills. of citizenship in order to be approved for
Parenting, Correctional Recovery Academy,
substance abuse , and Violence Reduction.* A reentry plan includes: MassHealth services. They are encouraged
to obtain their own identification documents
· Identifying personal goals · Continuing education (i.e. birth certificates) to expedite the process.
Educational Programs include ESL, G.E.D., · Living arrangements · Recreation
PreG.E.D., and Special Education.* · Employment · Family/Friends Upon approval for MassHealth, a card is
Vocational Programs include: Autobody, · Healthcare · Victim awareness/ sent to the correctional facility and is provided
Automotive, Barber School, Building · Substance abuse empathy to the inmate upon release.
Trades, Cosmetology and Culinary Arts.* treatment · Spiritual life
· Financial planning · Community
Eligible PreRelease inmates who are · Crisis plans involvement
within 18 months of their parole eligibility
or release date may be classified to Institutional Release Planning
participate in the Work Release Program. Process
Efforts are made to match the inmate’s
skills and abilities with appropriate employers. Inmates who are within six months of release
Inmates work at jobs in the community are discussed at monthly meetings in order
to identify and develop a reentry plan which
and earn at least minimum wage. The goal addresses the needs of the inmate as he/she
is to promote successful reentry by providing prepares for release.
employment experience and encouraging
postrelease employment. Release Planning Needs Discussed
at Monthly Meetings:
*Programs vary at each institution. · Housing · Substance Abuse
· Medical · Mental Health
For more information go online to: · Employment · Transportation
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