7.1 A Revolving Door? Homeless People the Justice System in Toronto

How many of Toronto’s 30,000 homeless people end up in correctional facilities for reasons relating to their lack of housing? And how many of the 50,000 released each year from provincial correctional facilities in the Toronto area end up on the streets? Drawing on administrative data and interviews with homeless individuals, service providers, and key informants, the authors reveal that many homeless people are caught in a cycle of shelters, jails, and hospitals. Moreover, most who are incarcerated briefly or held on remand receive little or no help with preparation for community re-entry.

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Hulchanski, J. David
Campsie, Philippa
Chau, Shirley B.Y.
Hwang, Stephen H.
Paradis, Emily
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness