People released from prison on a Friday face an almost impossible challenge to get the support they need before the weekend.
The day of release can be a race against the clock for people as they try to find somewhere to stay, get health support, apply for benefits and see their probation officer. For people released on a Friday this can feel like an impossible challenge: with services closing for the weekend, too many are left sleeping rough, without medication or enough money until Monday. Without the right support in place, we are simply setting people up to fail.
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1 in 3 people are released from prison on a Friday, find out about the unique difficulties of a Friday release.
What needs to happen?
The Government must legislate to end the practice of Friday prison releases for people with high resettlement needs.
On the 2nd of December, the Offenders (Day of Release from Detention) Bill passed it’s second reading in the House of Commons, receiving cross party support. This bill will end Friday releases for the most vulnerable people.
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I was 18 when I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I began taking drugs and drinking alcohol, which made me feel more confident and able to speak to people. When I could not get alcohol I started stealing it from shops and was sent to prison.Read Carl’s story here
Video: Realities of release
Watch Nacro Resettlement Worker, Robert, describe the challenge of helping prisoners who are released on a Friday and the race against time to get vital services in place before the weekend.