- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report shows former inmates re-entering the District after serving time behind bars often face several challenges.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/2gWvyEj ) says the Council for Court Excellence’s report found that more than one in five employed returning citizens lack stable housing, and those who were unemployed were even more likely to stay in homeless shelters or on the street. The findings were released Monday.

The report says Washington’s returning residents also have trouble searching for jobs in a city where many positions require a college education.

Among its recommendations, the report suggests that correctional facilities have inmates apply for housing up to 90 days before release.

Public safety and justice spokesman Kevin Donahue says the District continues to identify opportunities to improve supports for inmates and returning citizens.

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