If you are a former inmate, you can get help finding a job, housing, health care, and other services from community-based organizations.
Jail release programs such as Jails to Jobs and the Community Re-Entry Assistance Network (CRAN) provide services and support to recently released inmates in multiple areas:
- Case management
- Help accessing social service benefits, like SNAP and Medicaid
- Employment assistance, including short-term paid employment
- Education and job training
- Mental, behavioral, and physical health care
- Help for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS
- Substance use treatment
- Family support and reunification
- Legal assistance
Programs may have different eligibility and intake requirements. Some groups will only accept clients who have a recommendation from their parole or probation officer.
Use Site Finder to search for Jail Release Services. Find a community-based organization near you, then call ahead to confirm the services offered and the hours of operation. Many sites accept walk-ins, but calling ahead is preferred.
You can get more information and referrals through: