Improving post-release employment outcomes for people leaving prison
Engaging in meaningful work has been shown to reduce re-offending by ex-prisoners. However, few prison releasees in Australia or internationally gain employment, and successful pathways to employment for this group are poorly researched and understood.
This study will gather and analyse comparative data from Australian jurisdictions and employment agencies on the relationship between in-prison and post-prison vocational education and employment programs, employment and recidivism. It will identify effective elements, strategies, program and policy directions in offender training and employment.
This unique partnership brings together key academics in the field, peak national bodies, correctional and employment organisations. A Future Beyond the Wall is a three-year project funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme.