Getting home after being released from jail can vary greatly depending on the circumstances and resources available.
Some common ways inmates might get home after their release:
- Pick-up by Family or Friends: Often, a family member or friend will be notified of the inmate’s release date and time, and they can come to pick up the individual directly from the jail or prison.
- Public Transportation: If an inmate has some money available upon release, they might use public transportation, like buses or trains, to get home. Some jurisdictions might provide a token amount of cash or a public transit ticket upon release to help with this.
- Jail/Prison-Provided Transport: In some cases, the jail or prison might provide transport to a local transit hub or halfway house.
- Walk or Hitchhike: If no other options are available, an individual might need to walk or hitchhike. This is obviously not an ideal or safe option, but it might be the only one available for some people.
- Halfway Houses or Transitional Programs: Some individuals are released to halfway houses or transitional programs, which help them reintegrate into society. These programs often provide transportation from the jail or prison to the program site.
- Ride-Share or Taxi Services: If the individual has access to funds, they may use a taxi or a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft to get home.
Getting home after being in prison for a long time can be stressful for a person. Many advocates argue that more post-release support is needed to help former inmates successfully reintegrate into society.