Oakland Halfway House Resident Handbook–Complete


Lake_Merritt_Oakland_California_panoramaHere is the complete handbook to the Oakland Federal Halfway house. Well, I found out it wasn’t completely full of Federal inmates. There was some state inmates there too. It’s a co-ed residency.  Girls were in one or two rooms while the men in most of the room.

The halfway house followed the rules to the letter, with hardly any forgiveness.  I got two shots in my first week there.

First I was late coming back because I got lost in the Bay area.
The second time I was just a few minutes, but I still got busted.

However, the charges never stuck because they waited too long (pass the three days) to talk to me about the case.

I’ll talk more about this halfway house in later blogs, but for the most part:

  • Lay low, and avoid other people’s business like the plague
  • Work as much as possible, or go to school or volunteer
  • Don’t piss off the staff
  • Don’t ask or expect favors
  • Get a smartphone, they are allowed after they approve of the phone. (That’s the only real way to get a job in your city if you’re not living in the Bay.)Halfway house handbook


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