Australia: Most ex-prisoners end up unemployed and homeless

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Via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Most ex-prisoners unemployed or homeless six months after release, study says. Excerpt then a look at a programme being run in the Northern Territory:

Most ex-prisoners are unemployed or homeless six months after their release, and the results are worse for people with mental illnesses, an Australian study has found. The University of Melbourne study interviewed 1,300 Queensland prisoners while incarcerated and then again three and six months after their release.

The study’s lead author associate professor Stuart Kinner said the research was some of the first to look beyond the lifespan and rates of recidivism of ex-prisoners. “This is the largest study in Australia and one of the largest in the world looking at what happens to people after they’re released from prison. “What we found is that they experienced a range of poor health and social outcomes across a whole lot…

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