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IRISS Insights, No 29

Key points

  • Scotland has a strong legal framework for protecting people from homelessness
  • Many prisoners become homeless when they leave prison
  • A lack of stable accommodation increases the risk of (re-)offending
  • Four groups of prison leavers face particular barriers: remand prisoners /
Research discussion (3rd May 2011)

Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology, SCCJR; Mary Belgan, Service Manager, 218 Centre; Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside; and Margaret Malloch, Research Fellow, SCCJR, discuss whether women's imprisonment is the best way to deal with female offenders and the possible alternatives.