‘If I don't get a job in six months' time, I can see myself being back in there’: Post-prison employment experiences of people in Canberra

Caroline Doyle, Sophie Yates, Lorana Bartels, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Taylor

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    Research has consistently shown that gaining employment after release helps to reduce recidivism, but also that people who have been in prison face many barriers to finding secure employment. This article presents qualitative data from the experiences of 11 people who had been released from prison in the Australian Capital Territory. We focus on the challenges these participants encountered with obtaining employment post-release, including not having access to suitable housing, criminal background checks, managing post-release commitments (such as attending substance abuse rehabilitation appointments) and a lack of confidence in approaching potential employers. Consequently, we recommend that policymakers ensure that there is a dedicated specialised employment team within the custodial environment providing individualised support for both unsentenced and sentenced people, both while they are incarcerated and post-release.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)627-643
    JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

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