On Tuesday, during Justice Questions, I asked the Minister of State, Rory Stewart, about the number of people who become homeless immediately after being released from short prison sentences. Specifically, I asked what support is being given to prisoners who fall on the fine line between being criminals, and being victims of crime themselves – many of whom are young people caught up in gangs and county-lines type drug-dealing – when it comes to rehousing.
If and when these prisoners are rehoused, it is vital that this happens away from the scene of their offending, to ensure they are in a safe place and do not get pulled back into gang activity. The Minister responded by saying licence conditions can be used to try and prevent this, but that this must be balanced with considerations about family relationships and rehabilitation. This is an issue I am keen to continue to work on in the New Year.