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Reentry Services

The Returning Citizen/Reentry Services section is designed to support a successful return to the community after serving time in the corrections system.
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2-1-1 is committed to supporting all members of the community.   Returning citizens who need assistance with housing, employment, completing your education, staying clean and other needs can expect to call 2-1-1 and receive the same services and respect as everyone else.

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Housing

MDOC requires you to have an address that you will be released to. Your parole agent will help you make these arrangements before you are released.
Drivers License Application

Identification

You will need proof of identify when you are released to find get housing, find a job and for many other activities.

Child Support & Child Custody

If you had a child and the child is in someone else’s care, you may be responsible to support the child financially.

Employment

There are rights that protect parolees from being unfairly discriminated against when interviewing for positions, but it is also important to understand what information employers may need in the hiring process.
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Social Security/Disability

If you are blind, disabled or over the age of 65, financial assistance may be available to help with basic needs.
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GED-Education

Getting your high school diploma and improving your math and reading skills can increase your chances of finding a job.
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Clothing

Having clean, neat clothes can help you get a job and housing after release.

Money Management And Finances For Returning Citizens

Managing your money well may improve your chances of getting a job, a car, a house and other things.

Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Staying clean and sober is the most important thing you can do to stay out of prison. If you have a history of drinking or drug use - get help.

Phone and Mail

A phone, mail and email are important so potential employers, your parole officer and others can contact you.

Mental Wellness for Returning Citizens

Mental Wellness for Returning Citizens Mental health and wellness deals with how your brain functions and with your emotions and feelings. It deals with how you interact with others, how you react to change or stress, and your self-esteem.

Military Records

Even with conviction, if you are a veteran you may be eligible for a variety of services from the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs).

Prison Records

It is important to know what documents the prison should provide you with on release as well as what records you are entitled to have

Veteran Benefits While Incarcerated

VA can pay certain benefits to Veterans who are incarcerated or who have served time in a Federal, State, or local penal institution.

Transportation

Transportation to a job, support groups, support services and your parole officer are important to a successful return to the community. 2-1-1 can help figure out your transportation options.

Selective Service

Almost all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., aged 18 through 25 are required to register with Selective Service to help the Military in times of war or other national crisis.

Voting

Formerly incarcerated people are allowed to vote in the State of Michigan even if they have a felony conviction, as long as they meet all other general eligibility requirements for voting