Accommodation to keep ex-offenders off the streets
The City Council and two other agencies working in Chelmsford have secured £100,000 for accommodation to stop ex-offenders from living on the streets when they are released from prison.
Breaking the cycle of offending in Chelmsford
Prisoners who are released without homes to go to after serving their time can end up sleeping in public places, spiralling quickly into difficulties and – in some cases – falling back into offending.
In Essex, 79% of ex-prisoners who become homeless reoffend within a year of getting out of prison. This drops to 47% when they have somewhere stable to live.
Twenty per cent of all the ex-offenders in Essex supervised by the National Probation Service are in Chelmsford, which is home to a prison and young offender institution for men aged 18 and over. In 2020, approximately 50 offenders were referred to Chelmsford City Council by the prison as being potentially homeless on their release.