Campaigns briefing: Housing and Reoffending

By: Rachael Orr  Published: August 2010


The prison population of England and Wales currently stands at more than 85,000, and the average cost of keeping an inmate in prison is around £45,000 a year. In such a challenging fiscal climate, it is vital that cost effective policies to cut reoffending rates are fully explored.

Summary

Shelter, and other third sector organisations, run services providing housing advice and support to offenders which enable them to acquire and maintain safe, suitable accommodation on their release from prison. These schemes have a significant impact on reducing reoffending and improving the lives of service users on their release.

Suitable housing is the foundation for every other part of rehabilitation, resettlement, and risk management, and is the cornerstone for beginning a life free from crime. Shelter believes that further investment in prison housing advice services can significantly reduce reoffending, and should be prioritised as part of future prison spending plans.

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