No fixed abode: the implications for homeless people in the criminal justice system: summary: summary

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Cooper, Vickie
Howard League for Penal Reform
Date of publication
6 December 2013
Resettlement, Offenders, Criminal Justice Services, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This research demonstrated some of the key problems faced by homeless people in contact with the criminal justice system. Homeless people are regarded as risky because they have no fixed abode, which increases the likelihood that they will be remanded to custody pre-trial and undermines attempts to resettle and rehouse them on release from prison. Some homeless people lie and claim that they have an address as a strategy to stay out of prison, but this in turn jeopardises bail and release terms and conditions. Many homeless people find it difficult to make the current legislative framework support their needs, meaning they miss out on support from local authorities.

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