Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd January 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison leavers have been supported into accommodation through temporary accommodation schemes implemented in response to the covid-19 outbreak since March 2020.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been released from prison (a) in total and (b) with settled accommodation since 23 March 2020.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

While some data for the accommodation funding scheme has been released ahead of publication (in recognition of the public interest in making information available) it is not possible to provide any further data ahead of the planned publication schedule. The statistics with associated breakdowns requested are scheduled for publication in July 2021.

We recognise that accommodation is a key priority as it is often the first step in an individual’s resettlement journey. We continue to work with councils and charities to secure suitable accommodation, while investigating long-term solutions to prevent homelessness and help offenders turn their backs on crime.

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