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Special Interest Group on accommodation for people in contact with the criminal justice system

Special Interest Group on accommodation for people in contact with the criminal justice system

This special interest group will look to explore the barriers people in contact with the criminal justice system experience when trying to access appropriate accommodation and make recommendations for how these can be addressed.

The group is sponsored by RR3 member, Beverly Williams who is Director of Criminal Justice Service at Stonham Home Group.

Background

People in contact with the criminal justice system are disproportionately likely to experience homelessness. 15% of the prison population were homeless before custody and a recent joint HMI Probation and HMI Prisons thematic inspection report found that more than one in seven prisoners are released from prison not knowing where they would sleep that night.

Securing stable and appropriate accommodation is essential for enabling people to progress on their journey to desistance and many voluntary organisations provide accommodation or housing advice and support for people in contact with the criminal justice system. However, Clinks’ recent state of the sector research shows that people are experiencing increasing barriers to accessing the accommodation that they need.

Further reading

Crisis – homelessness prevention for care leavers, prison leavers and survivors of domestic violence

Apply

The RR3 are looking for people from voluntary organisations with specialist expertise in accommodation and the criminal justice system to apply to be members of the SIG. If you would like to apply please email Nicola Drinkwater, Nicola.drinkwater@clinks.org with a short statement as to why you would like to attend by 8th September.

The first meeting will take place on the 27th September in central London or Leeds. The SIG will have bi-monthly meetings for at least 6 months. Members of the SIG will be required to attend all meetings.