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Create your reentry plan

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Reentry. This simple word encapsulates a journey that will require grit, humility, maturity and support. Reentry doesn’t just start the day someone is released from prison, it starts months and even years prior. Reentry is the culmination of one’s path to transformation. In order to successful reentry society, one must create a plan and surround themselves with people to help them along the way.  

The truth is coming home after a period of incarceration can be a challenging transition. It requires intentional planning and determination to navigate the obstacles and build a new life. Creating a comprehensive reentry plan is essential for success. At TYRO, we put together a step-by-step guide to help you create a plan to come home from prison:


  • Start Early: Begin planning for your release as early as possible. Use the resources available to you in prison, such as counseling services or educational programs, to prepare for life outside.
  • Assess Your Needs: Take stock of your situation and identify your needs and goals. Consider factors like housing, employment, education, healthcare, and reconnecting with family and support networks.
  • Build a Support Network: Surround yourself with positive influences who can support you during your transition. This may include family members, friends, mentors, or support groups. Reconnect with people who will help you stay on track and provide encouragement.
  • Seek Employment and Education Opportunities: Explore job training programs, vocational courses, or educational opportunities to enhance your skills and qualifications. Consider your interests and strengths to find a career path that aligns with your goals.
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  • Secure Housing: Arrange for stable housing before your release, whether it’s with family, in a halfway house, or through transitional housing programs. Having a safe and stable place to live is crucial for a successful transition.
  • Address Legal and Financial Obligations: Take steps to resolve any outstanding legal or financial issues before your release. This may include paying fines, resolving legal matters, or establishing a budget to manage your finances responsibly.
  • Develop a Relapse Prevention Plan: If you struggle with substance abuse or other addictive behaviors, create a relapse prevention plan to help you stay sober and avoid negative influences. Seek support from counselors, support groups, or treatment programs as needed.
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  • Access Support Services: Familiarize yourself with the support services available in your community, such as reentry programs, counseling services, healthcare providers, and social services agencies. These resources can provide assistance with housing, employment, healthcare, and other needs.
  • Set Goals and Take Action: Set realistic short-term and long-term goals for yourself and develop a plan to achieve them. Break down your goals into manageable steps and take consistent action to move forward.
  • Stay Positive and Persistent: Remember that reentry is a journey, and setbacks may occur along the way. Stay positive, stay focused on your goals, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Persistence and determination are key to overcoming challenges and building a successful life after prison.

By following these steps and creating a comprehensive reentry plan, you give yourself or a loved one the best shot at having a successful transition back into society. Transitions are never easy, especially this one. But always remember, you have the ability to shape your future and create a life filled with hope, purpose, and opportunity.

We are rooting for you!