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Giving ex-prisoners public housing cuts crime and re-incarceration – and saves money

Finding stable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing prison leavers. Access to public housing has been found to flatten the curve on rates of recidivism.
There is plenty we still don’t understand about how anger influences behaviour. (Erinn Acland)

Fanning the flames: How anger fuels violent crime in youth

Violent crime causes untold harm and anger is known to fuel violence. But recent research suggests that the way anger and crime tie together in youth is a bit more complicated than expected.
University study programs in prisons can increase inmates’ chances of success after release. (Shutterstock)

Pi Day: Celebrating the life-changing role of math programs in prisons

Christopher Havens is a prison inmate serving time for murder. He’s also a mathematics whiz who’s advocating for more math in prison as a way to improve the chances of prisoners after release.
The perimeter fence at Silverwater jail in Sydney’s west. AAP

Business Briefing: questioning the economics of prison

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Prisons are big business in Australia. Companies not only run entire prisons but provide many of the services. But what does the research say about the impact?
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Inmates are excluded from Medicaid – here’s why it makes sense to change that

Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.

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