Just about all jail inmates will leave correctional settings and return to various communities throughout Guilford County. Inadequate transition planning can put jail inmates, who entered the jail in a state of crises, back on the streets in the middle of the same crises. The outcomes of inadequate transition planning include the compromise of public safety, increased disability secondary to health and behavioral health symptoms, hospitalization, suicide, homelessness, new criminal offenses, and rearrests. With most inmates being released within a very short period, often without notice, jails present unique challenges to transition planning.
The Guilford County Reentry Council is a new community organization that exists to assist formerly incarcerated or currently incarcerated with transitional planning. We act as a liaison between the client and services such as substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, housing assistance, etc.