I have just retired from HMP Lewes after a long time. I was a Salvation Army chaplain.
In the time I was there I saw many prisoners going out and after a short time coming back in.
I asked some of these chaps why?
The answer was always the same: “If we couldn’t find somewhere to live, we couldn’t get a job and so had to break the law again so we could get a roof over our heads.”
I looked around the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex and could only find one hostel, I might be wrong.
If there were hostels around the counties where chaps could be helped, I would think this might be an answer. Some of these chaps had a trade but wouldn’t be taken on.
Why is this happening today. What is the council/Government doing about these people I would like to know?
Salvation Army Chaplain,