In­mates leave prison with nowhere to go

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Thou­sands of peo­ple leave prison only to be­come home­less as soon as they are back on the streets, new fig­ures show.

In the last two years, coun­cils re­ceived 3,814 home­less ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple iden­ti­fied as leav­ing prison, which the Lib Dems claim equates to around one in five pris­on­ers.

Ear­lier this year, the HM In­spec­torate of Pris­ons re­ported that there were “too many peo­ple who, on their day of lib­er­a­tion, do not know where they will be liv­ing.” A con­se­quence of this was a rise in re­of­fend­ing rates. Scot­tish Lib Dem jus­tice spokesman Liam Mcarthur MSP called for the ex­pan­sion of care for in­mates.

He said: “These new fig­ures show thou­sands of peo­ple are be­ing sent on their way with nowhere sta­ble to live.

“That’s dis­grace­ful and ir­re­spon­si­ble be­cause we know this vastly in­creases the chance of their re­of­fend­ing and un­do­ing the good work done while they are in prison.

“Ev­ery sin­gle per­son should have seam­less help with hous­ing, em­ploy­ment and health­care.

“If they end up re­of­fend­ing to get a warm bed for the night or food for din­ner then that is an ap­palling fail­ure.

“In­spec­tors have pre­vi­ously un­cov­ered that a third of peo­ple at one in­sti­tu­tion didn’t have an ad­dress to go to on re­lease.

“The sys­tem clearly isn’t up to scratch.”

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