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Recently, I’ve been working with the Richmond City Jail to look at the overlap between homelessness and jail incarceration. Locally, we know that around 70% of adults who experience homelessness report that they have been in jail or prison. We have also found that about 1/3 of people who are homeless report that they were homeless the last time they were incarcerated – and 50% indicate that they were homeless upon release. It’s probably no surprise that people don’t expand their support networks and find housing while they are in jail or prison.

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