Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

July 2006


This study examined incarceration histories and shelter use patterns of 7,022 persons staying in public shelters in New York City. Through matching administrative shelter records with data on releases from New York State prisons and New York City jails, 23.1% of a point-prevalent shelter population was identified as having had an incarceration within the previous two-year period. Persons entering shelter following a jail episode (17.0%) exhibited different shelter stay patterns than those having exited a prison episode (7.7%), leading to the conclusion that different dynamics predominate and different interventions are called for in preventing homelessness among persons released from jail and from prison.


Postprint version. Published in Crime and Delinquency, Volume 52, Issue 3, July 2006, pages 504-517.
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homelessness, prison, jail, incarceration, reentry, public shelters



Date Posted: 19 April 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.