a/o May 2, 2014
YOUR EXIT PLAN
A common denominator between former inmates who succeed and those who return to jail or prison is most often their “Exit Plan” and whether they have one PRIOR to their leaving jail or prison, and following it after their release. We have put together this hand-out as a guide to help you formulate your personal Exit Plan. We hope you find this information beneficial, and that ultimately it will help you be successful in staying out of jail or prison in the future. We are willing to help you if you need any information or guidance in formulating your Exit Plan.
At HOLLYWOOD IMPACT STUDIOS, we believe that you need to start any important decision with prayer. So start by earnestly praying about your Exit Plan. Think about how you will implement this Exit Plan, and how to ensure that by following this plan you will not return to jail or prison.
The following are things that need to be part of this Exit Plan:
WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVE IN JAIL OR PRISON:
Your Exit Plan should start from the moment you first arrive in jail or prison. Don’t just “do time,” start working on the issues that got you here. What do you need to fix – emotionally, physically, spiritually?
These programs are here to benefit you, use your time of incarceration to your benefit and to prepare you for when you leave jail or prison.
SIX MONTHS FROM RELEASE:
This is the time to put in the hard work to formalize your plan, write it down and prepare to put it into action. Throughout this process, keep on your knees before the Lord. Below are a few things you need to decide:
For those of you who have addiction issues, you need to look at the time of incarceration as a “gift of sobriety.” Keep building on it by getting into some type of support living environment which will help you with this issue.
THREE MONTHS FROM RELEASE:
With a firm exit plan in place, start reaching out to the group homes you’re interested in. Let them know your plans and approximate release date. Do they offer scholarships or are they free? Once accepted, how are you going to get there? Some group homes like VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA have transportation available.
Continue going through the EXIT PLAN WORKSHEET and contacting everyone on that sheet. If they don’t answer you, choose another one. You need this worksheet completed prior to your release.
ONE MONTH FROM RELEASE:
Confirm with everyone on your worksheet that they’re still ready for you upon your release. Give them as exact a date of release as you can. Arrange transportation to your “new home” away from jail or prison. Get prepared!
Follow through with your Exit Plan – every step of it. Leave jail or prison behind FOREVER! Welcome to your exciting new life!
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