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NCJ Number: 153195 Find in a Library
Title: Meeting the Need: The Response of Local Authorities' Housing Departments to the Housing of Ex-Offenders
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:34  Issue:4  Dated:(Autumn 1994)  Pages:444-458
Author(s): D S Cowan; J Fionda
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A questionnaire survey of the local housing agencies in England, Wales, and Scotland sought to determine how these agencies interpret the 1985 Housing Act provisions with respect to homeless ex-offenders.
Abstract: Responses came from 240 of the 454 agencies. The responses were grouped into Rural, combined semi-rural small-town suburban areas, city, London, and Metropolitan. Results revealed a wide variety of views. Some local agencies discriminate against ex-offenders who present themselves as homeless. However, the needs of ex-offenders and their subsequent vulnerability at least matches those of any other vulnerable group. In addition, housing agencies have a legal duty to provide suitable accommodations for ex-offenders. Changing attitudes and the use of general discretion in this area should relieve the burden currently placed on the voluntary and probation services to resettle those leaving prison. Table, figure, and 27 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): England; Ex-offenders rights; Homeless offenders; Homelessness causes; Scotland; Wales
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