The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek has joined 60 MPs in writing a letter to Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, calling for appropriate accommodation for vulnerable women being released from prison into homelessness.
The letter signed by cross-party Mp’s and Peers including former Labour Home Secretary Lord Blunkett, warns that up to six in 10 women were leaving jail without proper accommodation fixed for them, calling this a “significant barrier” to rehabilitation and increasing the chances of reoffence.
The Bishop of Gloucester, commented:
“It is shocking that thousands of women each year leave prison without anywhere safe and secure to live or the support they need. “Without safe and supported housing, we cannot expect vulnerable women to turn their lives around.”
“This crisis is entirely preventable but we need urgent well-funded, cross-Govt action to address this issue. I implore the Government to adopt the measures outlined in our letter today to ensure that no vulnerable woman leaves prison to No Fixed Abode”