[Hpn] Freed prisoners becoming homeless

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Wed, 05 Mar 2008 22:20:21 -0500


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Freed prisoners becoming homeless

http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5igtdI-3hUUW5VrdJzJntxvMtCiwg
More than 78,000 prisoners in the last four years have been freed =
without a home to go to, figures show.

A report by shadow housing minister Grant Shapps said 12,000 prisoners =
in England and Wales were released on to the street in 2005/06.

The figure included 1,122 from high-security prisons.

Tory Mr Shapps said: "Right now there's a revolving door from prison =
release to homelessness and often back into prison again.

"It's a trap which is letting everyone down and renders what little =
rehabilitation work goes on within prison virtually useless."

He added: "Ensuring that prisoners have adequate housing on release is =
fundamental to their re-integration into society and would dramatically =
reduce the rate of ex-prisoner re-offending.

"Failing to resolve this issue ultimately costs the taxpayer and local =
communities a fortune as everyone is forced to bear the consequences of =
increased 'bed and breakfast crime' where ex-prisoners re-offend in =
order to get a roof over their heads."

The highest number of inmates freed without a home address in 2005/06 =
came from Leeds Prison (463), followed by Exeter (416).

In the last four years the total of homeless inmates freed was 78,197, =
according to a survey conducted by the shadow minister.

The report said: "Homeless offenders present a number of challenges that =
extend beyond the lack of a stable and fixed address. It is therefore =
crucial that more is done to reduce the risk of prisoners losing their =
accommodation on arrest and that we make the necessary requirements to =
provide for those with nowhere to go on release."



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to homelessness and often back into prison again.</P>
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