Title

Study in prison reduces recidivism and welfare dependence: A case study from Western Australia 2005-2010

Document Type

Article

Publisher

Australian Institute of Criminology

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

21186

Comments

Originally published as : Giles, M (2016). "Study in prison reduces recidivism and welfare dependence: A case study from Western Australia 2005-2010". Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice (0817-8542), (514), p. 1. Article found here

Abstract

Using a longitudinal dataset of prisoners in Western Australia, this paper describes the effectiveness of correctional education in improving post-release outcomes. The report shows that the more classes completed by prisoners the lower the rate of re-incarceration and the less likely they are to increase the seriousness of their offending. These, and other personal and societal benefits such as a reduction in welfare dependence, were positively associated with the number of classes prisoners successfully completed-that is, the more classes the inmate successfully completes, the less likely they are to reoffend and to access unemployment benefits. © 2016 Australian Institute of Criminology.

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