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Hundreds of prisoners leaving jail homeless, reports warn

Hundreds of prisoners are leaving jail homeless, inspection reports have warned.

Concerns were raised about the situation at HMP Cardiff, with inspectors citing a “well-established link” between homelessness and the risk of re-offending.

The report comes as separate research conducted in Europe’s largest women’s prison, HMP Bronzefield in Middlesex, which holds about 500, suggests most inmates are leaving homeless.

Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons, said an “extremely high figure” of 47% of the inmates were released from HMP Cardiff with no accommodation to go to, during a six-month period before he visited in July.

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