The Australian Institute of Criminology has just released a big report on recidivism, which attempts to bring together all the disparate studies on how and why people re-offend.
Within three months of being released from jail, one in four prisoners will be reconvicted for committing another offence.
That’s quite a staggering figure, as is the fact that over one third of prisoners will be back in gaol within two years.
And when we look at the situation for young offenders, things don’t look any better: more than half of the children released from juvenile detention will be reconvicted within six months.
To see the report click here