*Is that Elwood?
Did you tell him Jake died?
I thought you did.*
“Wow. This is really a surprise for me. As a warden, I had no idea his time was almost up. I just figured we give him his ratty ol’ blues suit back, and send him out the door.” Said nobody, ever.
Prisoner release services vary widely across municipalities. But yeah, beginning several months before some steps are taken to secure what’s needed for release. That can include a bus ticket, if its in the budget, and if the prisoner needs one – they have a place to go, and a reason to go there. New clothes may be in the budget, or not, and also depend on need – does the individual need new clothes for their new life?
The municipality has spent lots of money housing, feeding, and guarding the prisoner. Those expenses don’t cease the instant of release, the prisoner release services are factored into the cost of imprisonment.