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How to keep ex-cons out of jail: New study

Published tisdag 11 juni 2013 kl 11.34
All these men are ex-inmates who've had troubling finding work and residences. Photo: Martin Jönsson/Swedish Radio

A new study from Stockholm University finds that offering ex-inmates more assistance in finding work and a place of residence would lead to fewer ex-prisoners ending up back in prison, reports Swedish Radio news.

Sweden's recidivism rate, or the percentage of ex-inmates who end up back in prison, is around 50 percent.

The new study, which was financed by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, finds that finding former prisoners work and a place to live are the two most important factors allowing them to change their lifestyles.

The criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki says while the prison and probation services play an important role, they cannot provide homes and jobs for ex-prisoners.

"Society has to invest to get these people to work. And several different authorities need to cooperate in the effort," Sarnecki says.

The findings mirror international research on how to cut down recidivism rates.

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