Prisoner training data and Centrelink data will be merged to determine the welfare and labour market impacts of in-prison education and training.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that up-skilling whilst in prison provides ex-prisoners with better opportunities in the workforce (Chavez 2011) and a previous study points to prisoners expecting better labour market outcomes from their training whilst in prison (Giles and Le 2010).
The aim of this research is to quantitatively confirm these findings by linking prisoner education and training data and Centrelink benefits payment datasets.
Findings from this unique study will address a significant information gap in this area and will contribute to a better understanding of prisoner outcomes and particularly the value of prisoner education and training in Australia.
Linkage of two comprehensive and longitudinal datasets – the merged prisoner management system and education and training data of the WA Department of Corrective Services and the labour market experience and welfare data of Centrelink.
Bivariate analyses of the linked data will examine:
These analyses will provide results for different genders, age groups and racial groups, including indigenous Australians.
Edith Cowan University – Industry Collaboration Grant
1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014
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