IRISS (The Institute for research and Innovation in Social Services) have produced their insight for Prison Leaves and Homelessness.
The main points to emerge from their research include: –
- Scotland has a strong legal framework for protecting people from homelessness
- Many prisoners become homeless when they leave prison
- A lack of stable accommodation increases the risk of (re-)offending
- Four groups of prison leavers face particular barriers: remand prisoners / those on short sentences; women; young people; those who are homeless on entering prison
- Key challenges for prison leavers are: limited accommodation options, location of accommodation and the complexity of needs they may experience
- Effective approaches to supporting prison leavers include: proactively providing advice and information on housing needs well before release; support after release to help sustain tenancies; working with other agencies and offering practical support first
This Insight was written by Emma Dore (Shelter Scotland) and edited by Ellen Daly (IRISS). The full report is available from the IRISS website.