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Recidivism

About 60 per cent of those in custody in Australia have been imprisoned before. Reoffending behaviour or recidivism can be influenced by many factors including poor education and employment histories, mental illness and bad physical health, as well as drug and alcohol misuse.

An AIC study into  reducing recidivism through vocational education and training examines the impact of education on reoffending behaviour. It looks at the results of a Queensland vocational education and training program that show an offender 's chance of returning to prison after two years was 32 per cent for non-participants in the program compared with 23 per cent for participants. To find out more about this subject, explore the AIC and other related research this website.


Reports and papers by other agencies

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