As part of the Pathways and Prevention phase of the project, an Iriss Insight was produced with a focus on prison leavers and homelessness.
Iriss Insights summarise evidence and draw out implications for practice on a range of topics.
One in three prison leavers released to stable accommodation has re-offended (1)
More than two in three prison leavers who were homeless or in unstable accommodation have re-offended (2)
Six in ten prisoners believe that having a place to live would help them stop offending (3)
In 2012, 846 people were recorded as leaving prison to ‘no fixed abode’ in Scotland (4)
This equates to 5% of the total population of prison leavers that year.
21% of offenders are aware of housing association operating in their prison (5)
No more than 4% of offenders reported engagement with the prison-based housing associations (6)
- (1), (2) Reid Howie Associates (2004) The provision of housing advice to prisoners in Scotland: An evaluation of the projects funded by the Rough Sleepers Initiative, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research
- (3) Williams K, Poyser J and Hopkins K (2012) Accommodation, homelessness and re-o ending of prisoners: Results from the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) survey, Ministry of Justice research summary 3/12, London: Ministry of Justice
- (4) Scottish Government (2012) Prison statistics and population projections Scotland. Statistics Bulletin – Crime and justice series, Edinburgh: Scottish Government
- (5) (6) Gojkovic D, Mills A and Meek R (2012) Accommodation for ex-offenders: Third sector housing advice and provision, Southampton: Third Sector Research Centre
Some data this Insight refers to has been visualised.