Prison Recidivism & Homelessness

Transitioning back into society can be extremely difficult after currently being incarcerated. Many need to address health problems, learn new skills, and find steady jobs. Before they can do all that, formerly incarcerated people need proper housing. Often, this is not an easy task.

The Revolving Door and Homelessness

“The Revolving Door” is a theory in Criminal Justice coined to describe recidivism. Recidivism can be defined as, “the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.” According to The Prison Policy Initiative, approximately 700,000 individuals in the United States are released from state prisons each year, while an additional nine-million people are released from county jails. Of that entire given population, 10% are homeless the next two years following their incarceration.

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