Prison education programs reduce risk of reoffending

PRISONERS who took vocation and education training programs in jail were twice as likely to remain offence-free five years after release when compared with inmates who did not.

This is among the findings of a recent joint study by criminologists from five Australian universities that surveyed data from correctional services institutions in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.

The study, titled Australian Prison Vocational Education and Training

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