A Maine man who lived like a hermit for nearly three decades before his arrest on burglary charges will soon be released from jail and begin transitioning back into society.

Yes, "transitioning back into society."   Except, I thought he was a hermit ... aka, a person who shunned society ... and showers.

Christopher Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, pleaded guilty Monday to 13 counts of burglary and theft and was admitted into the Co-Occurring Disorders Court.

Through the special program, Knight will have weekly hearings while he lives and work in the community. 

He'll also get counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse.

Whew, that's a load off my mind.  I always know that's money well spent out of my pocket when someone gets "treatment" for drug abuse. Yessir, that's a real return on my investment.

The specific date of his release hasn't been determined, but his lawyer said it could be within a few months.

Police say the 47-year-old Knight may have been responsible for up to 1,000 burglaries for food, clothing, camping and cooking gear while he lived in the woods of central Maine before his arrest in April.

1,000 burglaries?  Well then, he's served enough time, right?  I mean, after all ... he NEEDED other people's money/stuff.