Prisoner education and training, and other characteristics: Western Australia, July 2005 to June 2010


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Author: Giles, Margaret; Whale, Jacqui


Spending public funds on educating and training prisoners can generate a significant return on investment, because as this report argues, studying in prison can reduce costly recidivism and improve life outcomes for ex-prisoners. What are the costs of recidivism? Let's start with incarceration. Prisoners cost money - about [AUD] 110,000 per prisoner a year. With over 4,000 prisoners in [Western Australian] WA prisons at any one time and a turnover of 8,000 prisoners per year, incarceration is a costly business. In addition, there are policing and legal costs related to finding, charging...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Disadvantaged; Outcomes; Employment

Keywords: Correctional education and rehabilitation; Prisoners; Return on education and training

Geographic subjects: Western Australia; Australia; Oceania

Published: Joondalup, Western Australia: Edith Cowan University, 2013

Physical description: 60 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 112.847

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