Accommodation and offending: What works?

This study starts from the recent identification of an association between offending and accommodation needs though OASys –the standardised assessment system now used by the Probation Service. It reviews available literature in order to discover what light can be shed on this association. In OASys, accommodation needs include ‘no fixed abode’, ‘transient’ or ‘unsuitable’ accommodation, lack of ‘permanent’ accommodation and ‘unsuitable location’ (meaning close to criminal associates or potential victims) –clearly a range of problems that are not necessarily connected or similar.

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