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Coming home isn't always an easy adjustment after prison

The time that a person is in prison changes him or her considerably. The same is usually true for the people on the outside who are waiting on them to get out. This poses some challenges when they are released. Everyone who has to deal with this situation should make plans for when it happens.

One thing that everyone has to remember is that it is going to take time get back into the swing of things. This is partially because there are many restrictions for a person who is on parole. They must comply with these or they risk having to go back to prison due to a parole violation.

Changing from the rigid structure of the prison life to the more relaxed way of doing things at home can also be difficult. Some individuals might not be sure how to handle this change and might need some help with finding things to do.

For the people who are welcoming the parolee back home, things can be pretty difficult to adjust to. If the person is a spouse, you might have trouble with having someone to answer to suddenly. You were likely independent when the person was in prison. Now, you have them here and have to work with them to take care of everything.

Despite the difficulties that come with adjusting, this can be a joyful time for everyone involved. It is imperative that there is a good support system for the person as he or she tries to live life on the lawful path instead of doing things that might lead to him or her heading back into prison.

Source: State of New York, "Coming Home," accessed May 25, 2018

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