High Rates of Homelessness for Formerly Incarcerated
September 10, 2018 | Grantee Publications | Criminal Justice

Rates of homelessness among the formerly incarcerated are almost 10 times that of the general public, with higher rates for women and people of color, according to a report from the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), which can create a cycle of repeated contact with the criminal justice system. Homelessness and housing insecurity for returning citizens exposes barriers that prevent people from reintegrating into their communities. A MacArthur-grantee, PPI points to policy solutions that could remove those barriers, including reforming housing application processes, decriminalizing homelessness, and expanding social services.

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