Publication - Research and analysis

Housing and Reoffending: Supporting people who serve short-term sentences to secure and sustain stable accommodation on liberation - Research Finding

Published: 8 Jan 2016
Part of:
Research
ISBN:
9781785449291

The research focused on the problems that people who serve short sentences in Scotland have finding and keeping stable housing and the services that can help improve housing outcomes. The findings describe a complex cycle of housing problems faced by people serving short sentences, their interlinked causes and impacts and the difficulties these problems pose in desistance from offending.

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Housing and Reoffending: Supporting people who serve short-term sentences to secure and sustain stable accommodation on liberation - Research Finding
2. Study background and aims

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2. Study background and aims

Background

As evidenced by the establishment and work of the Ministerial Group on Offender Reintegration (MGOR) the Scottish Government places a high priority on reducing reoffending.

The MGOR recognised that the process by which individuals stop offending (desistance), is a complex and individual process, it can take a number of years and may require a lot of support. Further that community support structures help promote desistance, that stable housing plays a critical role and the loss of housing can make it less likely that people will stop offending (see for example McNeill et al, 2012, Ministry of Justice, 2013 Rough Sleepers Unit 2002 and Loucks, 2007 cited in the full report).

As such the MGOR recommended that we commission research on the issue of housing and reoffending driven by the central theme that finding and keeping good quality accommodation can help reintegration of offenders and desistance.

Aims

This research aimed to provide evidence and understanding to inform the development of policy and practice for supporting people who serve short sentences in Scotland. This was undertaken by exploring (i) the issues and barriers that people who serve short sentences in Scotland experience finding and keeping stable accommodation; (ii) services that could deliver support, advice and other help; (iii) gaps in services and (iv) potential next steps for the Scottish Government, Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and other stakeholders to consider to support improvements in housing outcomes for those serving a short sentence.


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