HMP Bronzefield: Women given tents instead of accommodation when leaving London prison, inspection reveals

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Two women leaving HMP Bronzefield were given tents while sleeping bags had also been handed out amid a shortage in available housing

The revelation that women leaving a west London prison were given tents instead of housing has been described as “staggering” by Government ministers and raised alarm among housing charity groups.

A prison watchdog revealed sleeping bags had also been handed out to a number of ex-offenders from HMP Bronzefield amid a shortage of available housing.

Shadow Prisons Minister Jo Stevens said in response to the report: “It is absolutely staggering that women seem to have been released from prison with nothing more than a tent or a sleeping bag.

”This is astonishing and a far cry from the safe and secure accommodation needed to assist them in the rehabilitation process.“

Housing charity Women in Prison said the report, which was undertaken following an unannounced inspection, was “concerning” but “sadly not surprising” in the…

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