After Incarceration

  • Support successful re-entry into the community by creating an aftercare plan for every inmate that includes housing, employment counseling, access to education, medical care, substance use disorder treatment, mental health treatment and programs to help newly released people comply with court and probation requirements.

  • Invest in step-down programs that prepare those who are completing their sentence outside of jail to re-enter the community

  • Ask local businesses to commit to providing recovery-friendly workplaces for released inmates


1. Massachusetts FY 2018 Department of Corrections budget was $600 million, with only $250,000 for reentry programs. Kimberly Sue, Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis (2019) p. 161.

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