A halfway house is so named because it serves as a residency for those halfway between incarceration (no freedom) and a normal law-abiding life of citizen. Those with a criminal background learn skills and positive behaviors to reintegrate into society. The aim is to reduce the rate of recidivism while providing support for at-risk individuals that may have no other means besides state-sponsored support. All meetings with family members and attorneys at law will have to take place at the house as well.
Individuals living in a halfway house adhere to strict rules of conduct. Typically, there is an emphasis on providing a drug-free environment, with group counseling and curfews imposed to limit the behaviors of those who are trying to not relapse into a criminal life.