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Well prepared for life in freedom

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At first there are long years and months of longing, then it comes suddenly: the release from prison. It is liberation and challenge at the same time, because the world has turned on and a lot has changed. Eight tips from professionals on what to look out for in order to succeed in life in freedom.

  1. Don't plan the layoff alone

    Long awaited, and then with many ?? connected - the end of jail time needs preparationDCV / KNA Harald Oppitz

    Official visits, discussions, important decisions - together, preparing for the complex life outside of prison is much easier. The social workers in your penal institution will go through point by point with you in preparatory meetings.
  2. Think of a roof over your head

    Where are we going after prison? For many released prisoners this is unclear, so you should plan where you will be staying while in prison. The social worker in your institution will also help you here. Perhaps a residential eligibility certificate is an option for you. You can use it to apply for discounted apartments in cities and municipalities. As a rule, the district or urban district where you want to reside is responsible. Each federal state has its own regulations for this.
  3. Take care of the prison records

    In particular, think about the release form and the certificate of employment. The release certificate is important as an identification document for all administrative procedures. You need the employment certificate for the employment agency. This is because if you have worked in prison for at least twelve months within a period of two years, you are entitled to unemployment benefit.
  4. Check your IDs

    At the registration office, at the police station or in the social welfare office - you will need official documents such as your identity card, a copy of your birth certificate or your driver's license almost everywhere. Make sure that you have all the papers and that they are still valid.
  5. Get advice from the employment agency

    With a permanent job, the new start in "free" life succeeds faster. State your qualifications and skills to the employment agency. Before you visit, take care of an income tax card, a social security card and the references from your previous employers. You have a right to your employment references.
  6. Talk to your loved ones about your imminent release

    The new situation in freedom can quickly overwhelm you and your loved ones. You should therefore announce your release from prison to your family or friends in good time. Activate old contacts that can be helpful to them when restarting. Be careful not to fall for the same people you did before you went to prison.
  7. Set goals for post-incarceration

    What at first glance looks like a strenuous upheaval can be a real chance for a better future. Think about what you want to achieve professionally and privately: Is it a different job, a new education or training? Do you want to build a new private environment that is healthier for you? Are there hobbies that you wanted to start with for a long time? Set small but firm goals that you want to achieve.
  8. Get professional help

    Starting difficulties after imprisonment are not uncommon. The criminal assistance institutions have contact points for those released from prison all over Germany. Supervisors are at your side here. Take the professional advice.