Journal article

The Impact of Vocational Education and Training Programs on Recidivism: A Systematic Review of Current Experimental Evidence

Danielle Newton, Andrew Day, Margaret Giles, Joanne Wodak, Joe Graffam, Eileen Baldry

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Although the association between unemployment and offending is well established, relatively little is known about the impact of vocational education and training programs on re-offending, with much of the previous work in this area failing to control for, or correct, selection bias. This article reports the findings of a systematic review, which considers the findings of only those studies that have used experimental or quasi-experimental designs to evaluate vocational training and employment program outcomes for adult offenders. The analysis identifies key features, based on these studies, of those programs associated with the best outcomes and recommends selection criteria for those who ar..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (LP140100329: A Future Beyond the Wall: Improving Post-release Employment Outcomes for People Leaving Prison).