Engaging prisoners in education: reducing risk and recidivism

Farley, Helen and Pike, Anne (2015) Engaging prisoners in education: reducing risk and recidivism. In: 17th Annual International Corrections & Prisons Association Conference (ICPA 2015) : Managing Risk in Contemporary Correctional System, 25-30 Oct 2015, Melbourne, Australia.

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Engaging prisoners in education is one of range of measures that could be implemented to alleviate risk in prisons. For prisoners, the main challenge with incarceration is monotony, often leading to frustration. For many, this manifests as violence, raising the risk of injury for both staff and other prisoners. This paper investigates how prisoner engagement in education can help alleviate risk in prisons, through increasing critical thinking skills and reflection in prisoners, leading to reduced violence.

This presentation concludes with an exploration of a number of projects undertaken by the University of Southern Queensland to introduce digital technologies into prisons to allow access to higher education. The sort of self-paced learning that this allows could lead to reduced costs while promoting digital literacy skills needed for study or the workplace. This increased access to learning could help realise the benefits of reduced risk and decreased recidivism rates.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Abstract only published in Proceedings. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Submitted Version.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 04:57
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 03:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital divide; higher education; risk; recidivism; correctional education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28731

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