Inmate Jail Release Services

If you are a former inmate, you can get help finding a job, housing, health care, and other services from community-based organizations.

Jail release programs such as Jails to Jobs and the Service Planning and Assistance Network (SPAN) provide services and support to recently released inmates in multiple areas:

  • Case management
  • Help accessing social service benefits, like SNAP and Medicaid 
  • Employment assistance, including short-term paid employment
  • Education and job training 
  • Housing 
  • Mental, behavioral, and physical health care 
  • Help for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS 
  • Substance abuse treatment 
  • Family support and reunification 
  • Legal assistance  

You can search for a nonprofit based on the services offered or find the closest one to your address. Many accept walk-ins, but calling ahead is preferred. Programs may have different eligibility and intake requirements. Some groups will only accept clients who have a recommendation from their parole or probation officer.


College Initiative Program


The College Initiative program helps former inmates enroll in and graduate from college. It is run by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at CUNY John Jay College.

You need a high school diploma or equivalency to participate.