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A Look At The Link Between Affordable Housing And Prison Overcrowding

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DARIN OSWALD
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Idaho Statesman

For men and women returning to society from incarceration, access to affordable housing is key to their success. 

But with Idaho's tightening market already keeping affordable housing out of reach for much of the general public, the risk of prison recidivism continues to rise when former inmates can't secure housing. That's according to the Prison Policy Initiative

Kendra Knighten is a policy specialist for Idaho Voices for Children. She focuses on policy analysis and advocacy in criminal justice, housing, behavioral health and youth engagement. She joins Morning Edition host George Prentice for a conversation about the ties between affordable housing and the recidivism rate among former inmates. 

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

George Prentice has been honored for his decades-long career in broadcast and print journalism. As news editor of Boise Weekly, he won multiple awards for his investigative reporting and took home top prizes in the fields of crime/courts, environmental, health, religion and feature reporting.