If you want to know how grim things can be living on the streets, a new report indicates being homeless is worse than prison.
According to a prison watchdog, convicts are deliberately reoffending in order to get sent back inside and have somewhere to stay.
The Independent Monitoring Board for Thameside prison in south London discovered some inmates were actively planning their return because prison at least offered “security” from destitution.
A number told the board that they would soon reoffend in order to be returned to the relative security of prison
The Thameside board found almost 50% of prisoners up for release had nowhere to live.
The board’s report said “too many prisoners” struggle with post-prison rehabilitation because “of factors outside the prison’s control, especially the poor availability of suitable accommodation in the community.”
“A number told the board that they would soon reoffend in order to be returned to the relative security of prison: and they do,” the report stated.