INSUFFICIENT HOUSING FOR WOMEN ON RELEASE
- 22 Sep
"A report by the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison- Home truths: housing for women in the criminal justice system- said 6,700 women were released from jail in England and Wales in the year to March 2016", BBC reports
This report found:
- 60% of these women did not have a home to go and many of them ended up in unsuitable accommodation such as hostels
- It was more difficult for women who do not have stable housing to get jobs, access support services or claim benefits, which increases the risk of reoffending
- Figures from the Ministry of Justice also showed 45% of these women were reconvicted within a year
The director of the Prison Reform Trust's program to reduce women's imprisonment, Jenny Earle, said:
"A tent and a sleeping bag are no answer to meeting the housing needs of women on release.
"Safe, secure accommodation is crucial in breaking that cycle of crime, and all the harm it causes to our communities, to victims, to the women involved and to their families."
A Ministry of Justice spokesman also said efforts are being made with working "extremely closely" with all offenders before and after release but specified that "the responsibility of making sure there is housing available ultimately lies with the local authority."
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