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How A Lack Of Housing And Support Is Trapping Women Into Lives Of Crime

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The prospect of leaving prison, being able to put that chapter of your life behind you and move on would seem to many people to be a time for optimism and hope. But for many women behind bars, there is another emotion, fear. Fear for the most basic and primal need, somewhere safe to sleep at night.

Our new report Home Truths, published today, found that while in-prison housing support should be an integral part of preparing for release, it is often last-minute, with some women unsure on the morning of their release if they will have accommodation that evening.

Leaving prison homeless is a recipe for reoffending. As one support worker at the charity Women in Prison quoted in the report said: “We are aware of a woman who had been imprisoned for theft, subsequently released homeless, was recalled for breach of Anti-Social Behaviour Order for sleeping in a park and then later released homeless again.”

A desperate shortage of hostels for women, social housing and support means that many leaving prison face an uncertain return to the........

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