Legal Studies 3080

Halfway House


Have you ever heard of a halfway house? As its name suggests, a halfway house is a place where inmates who have served part of their prison term can live while readjusting to life in society. Often prisoners on day parole, who must spend their nights in an institution, are assigned to a halfway house rather than being made to stay in a penitentiary. Sometimes prisoners on temporary absences are also required to live in halfway houses.


Halfway houses are designed to help prisoners readjust to life in the community. They are like prison in that they have rules and regulations, but they allow inmates a great deal more freedom. They also offer counseling services and life-skills training.

Halfway houses allow prisoners to adjust to life outside the walls gradually while learning to shoulder the responsibilities involved in being a contributing member of society.