Question to the Ministry of Justice:
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between homelessness on release from prison and reoffending rates among prisoners serving sentences of under a year.
Published statistics for 2017/18 showing the accommodation status for all offenders released from custody and offenders on community sentences can be viewed here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729062/accommodation-cirumstances-tables-2018.xlsx.
Everyone leaving custody should have a safe and suitable home to go to on release.
As part of the Government initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate rough sleeping across England, we will invest up to £6.4 million in a pilot scheme to help ex-offenders into accommodation from three prisons, namely Bristol, Pentonville and Leeds. The pilots will specifically focus on male prisoners who have served shorter sentences of under 12 months, who have been identified as having a risk of homelessness.
Furthermore, as of 1 October 2018, Prisons and Probation providers have had a “Duty to Refer” anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to the Local Authority. Following a referral, Local Authorities are then required to make an assessment, meaning offenders can receive meaningful housing assistance at an earlier stage irrespective of their priority need.
1. Prisoners' Release on Temporary Licence
11/07/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number CBP6878, 11 July 2019 Prisoners' Release on Temporary Licence By Jacqueline Beard
Found: Chair: Dr Owen Bowden
CCT Working Group Secretary: Matthew Gavin
4th Floor (NE), Peel Building
3. General debate on the cost and effectiveness of sentences under 12 months and consequences for the prison population
06/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: and effectiveness of sentences under 12 months and consequences for the prison population By Jacqueline
4. Transforming Rehabilitation: a summary of evidence on reducing reoffending
03/10/2019 - Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
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Found: of evidence on reducing reoffending (second edition)
Ministry of Justice Analytical Series
Found: Ministry of Justice (PPP0008) Executive Summary We outlined our plans for reform of the prison system in
1. Oral Answers to Questions
05/06/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: idea is for a parliamentary scheme focused on the Prison Service, along the lines of the parliamentary schemes - Speech Link
2: response, as, I am sure, are the leaders of the Prison Officers Association who are with us in the Gallery - Speech Link
3: Lady—and any other Members who have visited a prison—will know, prisons are rarely stage-managed affairs - Speech Link
2. Recall of Women to Prisons
20/02/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: I have engaged with many women in the criminal justice system by visiting prisons up and down the country - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
25/02/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: of stillbirths, along with a colleague in the Department of Health and Social Care, and we will publish - Speech Link
2: law in May last year and the consultation on the terms of how the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 could - Speech Link
3: them have been told they will have to wait over a year to get help. What will the right hon. and learned - Speech Link
4. Offender Management and Treatment
03/10/2019 - Lords Chamber
1: of the management and treatment of offenders in prison and the community—the chief inspectors of prisons - Speech Link
5. Short Prison Sentences
07/03/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: and effectiveness of sentences under 12 months and consequences for the prison population.It is - Speech Link