Our recently launched #CellStreetRepeat campaign focuses on the experience of homeless prison leavers; with around 1,000 people being released from prison homeless every month, more must be done. We’re calling on the government to commit to ensuring that all people leaving prison have somewhere safe to live. Join us and support our campaign by writing to your MP, using the letter template below.
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Download a Word document of the letter here, although the most effective way to contact MPs right now is via Twitter and email. Find the contact details of you local MP here: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/.
Dear XXXX MP,
I am writing to you as my local MP to ask for your help in calling for action to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness amongst people leaving prison.
I hope as my MP you will raise this issue with the Justice Secretary and ask him to prioritise this issue not only for the people leaving prison wanting to move on in their lives, but for all of us.
According to the Government’s own statistics, nearly 1,000 people are released from prison homeless, every month. And it is estimated that around 30% of rough sleepers have been in prison. Even during the Coronavirus pandemic when Government and local authorities were focused on getting all rough sleepers into accommodation, too many prison leavers were newly released into homelessness.
Without somewhere to live people leaving prison have little chance to turn their lives around, unable to access the wider support they may need or move into employment and away from crime. And without somewhere to live the risk of committing further crimes is significantly higher – figures show that 67% of those who slept rough or were otherwise homeless, went on to commit another crime within a year, compared with 43% for those who had either a permanent home or short-term supported housing.
Social justice charity, Nacro, who support people as they are released from prison, is calling on the Government to ensure that everyone leaving prison has somewhere to live. Their #CellStreetRepeat campaign highlights the need for action on this predictable and preventable route into homelessness and to end the cycle of prison to the streets back to prison again. As part of this commitment they are calling for funding to be committed in the forthcoming spending review to make sure people leaving prison have the best chance at a second chance.
As well as giving people the best chance to move away from crime, tackling homelessness for prison leavers will also produce much wider societal benefits. It will:
- Reduce the level of re-offending by giving all prison leavers the best possible foundation to rebuild their lives
- Reduce homelessness and help the Government reach its commitment to eliminate rough sleeping by 2024
- Reduce the financial impact on publicly funded services such as those through local authorities and health
I look forward to hearing from you.
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