The role of VET in recidivism in Australia


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Author: Callan, Victor J.; Gardner, John


This chapter examines the links between prisoners' participation in the vocational education and training (VET) programs available within the Queensland prison system and their chances of returning to prison. It discusses a recent study which shows that prisoners involved in VET programs before their initial release are much less likely to return to custody. Overall, 32% of prisoners who did not participate in VET before their initial release returned to custody in Queensland within two years, while only 23% of VET participants returned. Interviews with prisoners and correctional...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Disadvantaged; Research; Teaching and learning; Participation

Keywords: Prisoners; Research project; Correctional education and rehabilitation; Education and training opportunity

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; Queensland

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2007

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Pages: pp.35-46

ISBN: 9781921170812 (print); 9781921170874 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Victor Callan and John Gardner

Resource type: Book chapter

Document number: TD/TNC 91.386

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