Out of Prison, But No Place to Go   Leave a comment

Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

By Christopher Moraff

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Many of  the roughly 10,000 inmates who exit U.S. prisons each week following incarceration face an immediate critical question: Where will I live? While precise numbers are hard to come by, research suggests that, on average, about 10 percent of parolees are homeless immediately following their release. In large urban areas, and among those addicted to drugs, the number is even higher — exceeding 30 percent.

“Without a safe and stable place to live where they can focus on improving themselves and securing their future, all of their energy is focused on the immediate need to survive the streets,” says Faith Lutze, criminal justice professor at Washington State University. “Being homeless makes it hard to move forward or to find the social support from others necessary to be successful.”

Although education, employment, and treatment for drug and mental health issues all play a role…

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Posted August 10, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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