To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of increased deployment of halfway houses both pre-trial and post-custodial sentence on (1) the amount of people in custody, (2) levels of recidivism, and (3) levels of offender reintegration into society.
Effective resettlement of prison leavers is a core part of our efforts to reduce re-offending. Evidence shows that prison leavers who are without settled accommodation are almost 50 percent more likely to reoffend than those who have stable accommodation on release.
Our Prisons Strategy White Paper set out our plans to reduce reoffending, including improving prison leavers’ access to accommodation. This includes delivering our transitional accommodation service, known as Community Accommodation Service-Tier 3 (CAS3).
CAS3 was launched July 2021 in five probation regions, providing up to 12 weeks accommodation on release with support to move to settled accommodation. Between 1 July 2021 and 17 June 2022, 2,396 individuals, who would have otherwise been homeless, were accepted on to CAS3. We expanded the service to Wales in June 2022, and we will continue to rollout, to support the thousands of offenders who leave prison homeless.
Our CAS 2 service provides accommodation for people on bail who would otherwise be remanded in custody. The service has recently been reprocured and learning from the previous contract informed the design of the current provision, increasing the level of support for those living there.
As part of the investment approach, we will be undertaking an impact evaluation of accommodation provision where suitable, starting with an impact evaluation of CAS3 which we hope to publish in 2024.