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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

December 21, 2005: Homelessness and Young Prisoners

New  Howard League for Penal Reform research indicates that homelessness amongst young prisoners needs to be urgently tackled. A new Howard League report 'The Key to the future? The housing needs of young adults in prison' calls on the Government to urgently review housing legislation in order to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping amongst young people who have been in prison.

The report argues that local authorities should have a statutory duty to house homeless young people when they are released from prison. It highlights the importance of secure and stable housing to the successful resettlement of young men who have been in prison and the importance of housing in reducing reoffending. The report found that:

  • 75% of young men in prison have left home and the average age that they left was 15 years old.
  • The young men said that they were more likely to get involved in offending if their housing needs were not met.
  • One in five of the young men in prison reported that they were homeless.
  • A quarter believed that housing was crucial to their successful resettlement and would help them to live crime-free lives.

The report also called for:

  • Over 18 year olds to be entitled to the same housing benefit rate as older adults.
  • Training for prison and probation officers to include housing related issues so that they are equipped to provide basic housing advice and know who will be able to provide more specialist help if it is needed.

Report author Finola Farrant said:

“When young people themselves say that having safe and secure housing will help stop them committing further offences the Government should sit up and take notice."

"Many young people will be released from prison this Christmas and will spend the coming weeks homeless. Yet having appropriate accommodation, including support to maintain it, could make all the difference between someone re-offending or not”.