Prison Reform Trust response to the draft homelessness code of guidance

Document type
Consultation
Corporate author(s)
Prison Reform Trust
Date of publication
1 December 2017
Subject(s)
Offenders, Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Stable accommodation has long been recognised as a significant factor in the reduction of reoffending. 15% of people in prison reported being homeless before entering prison – including temporary accommodation or sleeping rough, with those serving sentences of less than 12 months twice as likely to have been homeless prior to custody as those serving longer sentences (17% to 8%). 11% of people released from custody in 2014–15 had no settled accommodation - though inspectors have said that these figures are ‘misleading’ as ‘they do not take into account the suitability or sustainability of the accommodation. 33% of people rough sleeping in London in 2016/17 had experience of being in prison at some point in their life’.

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