Some recently released sex offenders are being housed in hotels and bed and breakfasts because of a lack of probation housing. This method of housing released offenders has been criticized by members of the British government, who say that it presents a real risk to members of the public.
In the UK, some freed sex offenders are being accommodated in budget hotel and B&Bs because no interim probation housing is available, reports Express.co.uk.
Speaking to parliament in January, Rory Stewart, the nation’s prisons minister, said that 25 freed offenders were offered spaces in hotels due to this lack of accommodation. Many of these offenders do not appear to be monitored.
Speaking of the level of risk involved in accommodating freed offenders in hotels, victims’ rights campaigner Harry Fletcher was quoted by the site as saying, “There appears to be a chronic shortage of housing for seriously convicted offenders, including sex offenders. This is totally unacceptable. The government must conduct risk assessments to reassure the public that these people are not dangerous.”
This method of housing offenders has been criticized by members of the British government. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, which monitors the conditions of detention facilities in England and Wales, has advised that the current way of housing prisoners does pose a risk to the public.
Speaking of the current situation, Dame Glenys Stacey, chief inspector of probation, said, “It’s not acceptable to put a convicted sex offender in a budget hotel or other accommodation which will be shared by the general public. These are convicted sexual offenders that are in accommodation where other people – families, women, children – are sleeping or staying and they are not being supervised.”
“It’s a desperately uncomfortable mix. On the first night of this individual’s freedom when they are most at risk of reverting to their former behavior, they are in accommodation where opportunities are present as opposed to approved premises where they would be under curfew and locked in,” she added.
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