Housing one of the most fundamental needs for prisoners and ex-offenders

Tracy Wild, CEO, speaking at Future of Integrated Offender Management Conference showing a powerpoint slide with details about offending and homelessness - including that 30,000 people coming out of prison don't have accommodation (Prison Reform Trust)Tracy Wild, CEO of Langley House Trust and sister charity, Kainos Community, spoke on the importance of housing for prisoners and ex-offenders to aid rehabilitation.

Her thoughts were shared at the Inside Government’s Future of Offender Management Conference on 18th March 2015.

Speaking to a packed conference, Tracy highlighted the need for suitable accommodation for ex-offenders and the issue of some housing associations ‘cherry picking’ offenders, leaving others out in the cold.

Approximately 30,000 people coming out of prison don’t have accommodation (Prison Reform Trust). More than 79% of of prisoners reported homeless were convicted in the first year compared with 47% with accommodation.

Langley House Trust provides support and accommodation to approximately 700 men and women every year, with a 2.6% reconviction rate while individuals are with us.  Along Langley’s ethos, one of the speakers commented: “Everyone has the capacity to change. People are not things.”

The conference also featured speakers from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), HM Inspectorate of Prison, the Institute of Mental Health and other local government and third sector organisations.