The title of this blog is an important question. Many people have written that preventing ex-prisoners from being homeless is one of the most important factors in reducing the number of people who return to prison. The title of this blog post is drawn from an article discussing a recent reentry program in Washington state. The article is entitled, “‘Housing First’ Helps Keep Ex-Inmates of the Streets (and Out of Prison)” and can be found here.
While the program discussed in the article may seem a commonsense strategy, programs that place housing at the forefront of prisoner reentry (that is, reentry into society after their prison term) are actually relatively low in the U.S. They have historically been driven by a handful of non-profits attempting to push the boundaries of prisoner reentry initiatives.
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