Contact and Use Support Groups After Release From Prison

Numerous support groups are prepared to give you a helping hand with re-entering society and finding a job. Indeed, ex-offenders may be pleasantly surprised to discover how many people really want them to succeed and are prepared to help them get started in the right direction.

Your support groups begins while you are still incarcerated - personnel you work with on a day-to-day basis (supervisor, teacher, case worker) - and extends into the community with your parole or probation officer (P.O.), government agencies, family, friends, and community groups that work with ex-offenders (Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, churches and other places of worship, and nonprofit organizations dealing with housing, documentation, employment, health, legal, substance abuse, financial, mental health, and other related re-entry issues).

Start now to make contacts with these groups to give yourself an upward boost when you re-enter life on the outside.

SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.