View Full Version : What is the difference between work release and halfway house?

02-06-2009, 03:02 AM
What is the difference between a work release program and halfway house? My best friend will be in a work release program for 11 months. :shrug:

02-10-2009, 12:19 PM
Work release, Transitional Center, Halfway House...generally these terms are interchangable. They all refer to the transitional centers.
Sometimes an inmate will talk about a halfway house in reference to temporary housing they can parole out to. They are then considered free. Free to come and go as they please, wear what they want, work, pay bills...everything.
Transitional Centers (TCs), or work release, have residents that are still considered doing time. They are still wards of the state, they just dont have the blue stripe. They have free world clothes and a free world job. They just have to report back there at night to sleep there. They are allowed out on passes. They can parole out or max out from a TC.

02-24-2009, 01:28 PM
Technically, there is a difference between the two terms, though people are usually referring to a transitional center, but use both terms. if you are in a halfway house, you almost have one foot in the system. Perhaps you have a drug problem and are trying to clean up as a way to avoid going to jail/prison, you can be ordered into a facility or voluntarily go to a halfway house. It's more structured with rules and having to pay for room and board and keep a job. A person can also parole out of prison into a halfway house if they don't have family.

A transitional center is when you are in the prison and have one foot out of the system. You've served some time and go to a transitional center, gain employment, still live in a structured environment and prepare for release back into the real world. But you are still a prison inmate.