When we think of criminal defense in Lebanon MO, most of us think of crime scenes, handcuffs and “guilty vs not guilty.” In reality, however, criminal defense encompasses much more than that. A “guilty” verdict is not the end of the story; the court must then decide what type of sentence the convicted individual must serve. Even after they have served out their prison sentences, certain convicts may be required to spend some time in a halfway house or other official facility before being allowed to re-enter society. This week, Deputy & Mizell LLC is here to take a closer look at halfway houses and how they work.


A Background Halfway Houses

As its name suggests, a halfway house is essentially a halfway point between an official institution and general society. Many halfway houses are designed specifically for individuals who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. If the addiction was severe, however, individuals may be required to first spend time in an official rehab or treatment center. Halfway houses are designed to help individuals re-enter society, but they are typically not equipped to deal with severe withdrawal symptoms.

Individuals who have spent many years in prison may be released to halfway houses towards the end of their sentences. These individuals are still considered prisoners while living in halfway houses, but they often benefit from the opportunity to gradually readjust to society.

Restrictions When Living In A Halfway House

Residents of halfway houses are required to uphold strict standards and abide by specific rules. Every halfway house is different, but there are a few common rules residents of most halfway houses are required to uphold. For example, inmates…

  • Are forbidden from using any drugs or alcohol.
  • Must look for employment.
  • Must get permission before leaving the property.
  • Must participate in any required programs.

If the residents fail to abide by any of these regulations they may be subject to strict punishments, including (but not limited to) being sent back to prison or a rehab facility.

Resources For Individuals In Halfway Houses
Since they are designed to help ease the transition back into society (and reduce the likelihood of being re-institutionalized or sent back to prison), many halfway houses offer several resources to its residents. Examples of these resources may include…
  • Financial counseling
  • Domestic violence counseling
  • Cognitive therapy groups
  • Life and parenting skills classes
  • Anger management classes
  • Employment services

Unfortunately, not all individuals qualify to live in halfway houses. Residents are selected based on their participation in rehabilitation programs, behavior history, and disciplinary record. In some situations, prisoners may refuse to transition into a halfway house – although they may face penalties for doing so.

Questions About Criminal Law? Contact Us!
If you are facing criminal charges, you doubtless have many questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Lebanon MO. We will help you evaluate your case to determine how best to proceed. Plus, your first consultation with our attorneys in mid-Missouri is always FREE!

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