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.
- Financial counseling
- Domestic violence counseling
- Cognitive therapy groups
- Life and parenting skills classes
- Anger management classes
- Employment services
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