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Letters: Women ex-prisoners need more support

PUBLISHED October 27, 2013

Lord McNally's female prison reform fails to address women leaving prison who have no home to go to (Female prisoners to be moved to jails nearest family home, 25 October). We know 38% of women prisoners are expected to be homeless upon release. Finding suitable housing and having access to support is vital but rarely available. Without it, the 18,000 children separated from their mothers due to imprisonment each year will often remain in care. This leads to the women being much more likely to reoffend. Housing for Women's Re-Unite project provides family accommodation that brings mothers and their children together on release, cutting reoffending to just 2.9% from the national average of over 50%. Without suitable accommodation and support post-release, many of these women will return to prison. Jakki Moxham Chief executive, Housing for Women

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