The concept is good but the implementation has not been, as this editorial from the New York Times reports.
In 2013, about 30,000 federal prison inmates were released to more than 200 halfway houses around the country. These facilities — where an inmate can serve up to the last year of his or her sentence — are meant to ease the transition back into society by way of employment and housing assistance, drug treatment, and other programs that make it less likely an inmate will end up reoffending and returning to prison.
Preventing recidivism should, of course, be a central goal of any correctional system. But too many halfway houses are understaffed, poorly supervised and generally ill prepared to do that job, and as a result the men and women who pass through them often leave them no better off.
In fact, one recent study out of Pennsylvania found that inmates sent to halfway houses were actually more likely to reoffend than those released directly into society, who were at least monitored by parole officers.