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RESEARCH DATA: A graphic from a recent Prison Policy Initiative report that emphasizes the multiple crises that can be helped by expanding access to housing. The phrase, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” is often hurled at people who have criminal records.
But the “time” of a person’s punishment often extends beyond prison walls and follows a person home. People with criminal records who have paid their debt to society frequently have a hard time getting housing — which can make them less likely to stay out of prison, by perpetuating a revolving door of housing instability, poverty, addiction, arrest, imprisonment and release.