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Report on Pre and Post-Release Housing
Services for Prisoners in NSW

Finding suitable accommodation is a fundamental concern to most in society. It is of particular concern to those with few economic resources who are competing in an increasingly difficult housing market to secure an affordable and appropriate place to live. the Department of Housing does not have any prisoner specific programs for addressing housing issues for ex-prisoners (Baldry, 2002:6a). If housing for pre and post-release prisoners is not adequately addressed by correctional authorities or government departments then who is to address it and how?  Read More

Report – Recidivism and The Role of Social Factors Post-Release

A/Professor Eileen Baldry, Social Sciences and International Studies UNSW

Tens of thousands of persons released from prison in Australia this year will be back inside in a year or two. The bulk of returnees are short term prisoners from highly disadvantaged suburbs, with poor educational and social backgrounds and who are on the prison conveyor belt. This article addresses recidivism from a particular perspective – that of the role of social factors post-release.  Read more.….

Prison Populations and Correctional Outlays: The effect of reducing re-imprisonment

New research (March 2010)  by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has shown that modest reductions in the rate at which offenders are re-imprisoned would result in substantial savings in prisoner numbers and correctional outlays. At present 58 per cent of all persons given a prison sentence are re-imprisoned at some later point in time. For those who are re-imprisoned, the average time to the next prison sentence is 13 months. Read more .

Report – Aboriginal women with dependent children leaving prison project

This project investigates the transitional and post release needs of Aboriginal women with dependent children who are exiting prison in Western Sydney. It aims to understand their needs; appropriate services available and service gaps in the area, in order to recommend a service model and evaluation framework addressing these needs. In the longer term it is to inform a supported housing pilot project for this group of women and their children. For the report click here

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