Rob Owen knows what it takes to keep people out of prison. “It’s having somewhere to live, something to aim for—which is a job—and someone to support them on their journey,” he says. “If you get those three things right, reoffending rates drop. It’s not rocket science.”

But funding those comprehensive services is another matter, Owen says. As CEO of the St. Giles Trust, he leads a UK charity that helps severely disadvantaged people (including ex-offenders) find jobs, homes, and...

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