Custodial sentences and adult re-offending


The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the findings of a study, which supports what most members of the legal profession have long believed: that prison sentences do nothing to reduce recidivism and may even increase it. The director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn, said: "The present study simply shows that sending people convicted of assault or burglary to prison is no more effective in changing their behaviour than putting them on some form of community-based order. In fact it might be slightly worse". View the report>

**21 September 2010 **

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