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|Discharge planning is a key element of preventing homelessness for people re-entering the community.|
The U.S. has the most incarcerated people of any nation in the world. 95% of those people will eventually be released from prisons and jails. With criminal justice reform on the horizon the number released each year will be greater than in the past. Having a criminal record is a significant barrier to housing and employment and puts many people at risk of homelessness. One study found that the two factors that predicted whether someone would experience long-term homelessness was old age and arrest history.
It is vital that communities ensure that all people reentering the community have a place to call home. This means: