Women in jail need help

Four out of 10 women prisoners expect to be homeless on release
from jail, according to a report published this week.

The research by national rehabilitation charity Nacro calls for
a joined-up approach from government to ensure that local authority
housing and social services, health services, training providers
and the voluntary sector work together to reintegrate women
prisoners and their children into the community.

More than 8,000 children are damaged each year because of their
mother’s imprisonment, says the report. “Most women in prison
receive little help and support and face an uphill struggle to find
work, housing and rebuild family relationships on release,” said
Nacro chief executive Helen Edwards.

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