An alarming number of Americans are caught in a revolving door between the streets, shelters, and jails. Roughly 48,000 people entering shelters every year are coming nearly directly from prisons or jails. Of the 11 million people detained or incarcerated in jails every year, as many as 15% report having experienced homelessness.
Recognizing the role that federal leadership can play in breaking this cycle, the Council has outlined steps to reduce criminal justice system involvement among people experiencing homelessness, both by reducing the criminalization of homelessness and the return of people from correctional settings to homelessness. Specific action areas include: