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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Going into prison

Preparing to go into prison, whether you’re on remand or already sentenced, can be difficult and leave you feeling very unsettled.  If you have time, try to deal with the things you are leaving behind, such as your home, before you actually get to prison. Sorting out your housing may not seem like a priority for you at the moment, but planning ahead can leave you with better options in the long term.

Going into custody doesn’t necessarily mean losing your home. Depending on your circumstances, there may be ways of keeping your home while you’re in prison.

Securing your home and your belongings while you are in prison can be difficult, especially if noone else is going to be living in your home or you lose it while in custody.

If you’ve been receiving benefits you’ll need to let the social security office know that you’re going into prison.