A look at life in a halfway house after prison

AP News
Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:23 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan — who's served more than five years in federal prison on wide-ranging corruption convictions — is expected to be released to a halfway house before he can return to his home. Attorneys say he'll live, at least for a little while, at a facility in Chicago through a work-release program.

Here's a look at what life is like for a typical resident of a halfway house:

—Residents in work-release programs are expected to get a job or look for a job, unless they're enrolled in a training program.

—Instead of a prison jumpsuit, inmates get to wear their own clothes. They'll be able to have visitors and have access to cellphones, but any travel outside work requires permission.

—Residents must attend classes teaching basic life skills, such as how to write a check.

—Unlike prison, inmates won't be separated by the severity of their crimes.

—Each resident gets an adviser who'll help them set goals and develop a plan.