A revolving door between being locked up and put out

new data from Connecticut proves that incarceration leads to homelessness for a large number of people

  • 50,000: people that enter shelters directly from correctional facilities per year in Connecticut

  • Almost 10 times: the amount formerly incarcerated people are likely to be homeless

  • Half of the people studied over three years in the state who used homeless shelters were formerly incarcerated.

  • 1 in 5 people who used homeless shelters had been released from prison in the past three years

  • Of the formerly incarcerated people experiencing homelessness, 35% were Black

  • 80% of those sentenced were found to most likely have been charged and imprisoned for petty crimes

  • The unemployment rate for formerly incarcerated people is nearly five times higher than the unemployment rate for the general population in the U.S.

  • “Formerly incarcerated people face widespread discrimination in both unemployment and housing, making it extremely difficult to succeed post-release.”

Read the whole report from the Prison Policy Initiative and Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness here.

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