• There was a substantial decline in the recidivism rate for prisoners released after the 2008/09 financial year (Read more).
  • It is very difficult to completely explain this decline. One contributing factor is the increase in early release order (ERO) denials from 2009 (Read more).
  • Risk factors most important in predicting recidivism in Western Australia include:
    • Age;
    • Number of prior prison admissions;
    • Gender;
    • Aboriginal status;
    • Security rating;
    • Educational attainment;
    • Substance use risk rating;
    • Sex offender risk rating; and
    • Treatment program completion
      (Read more)
  • Prisons with identified deficiencies in service provision have higher recidivism rates.
  • Over half of 18 to 19 year olds returned to prison within two years, with nearly 90 per cent returning to corrective services within two years (Read more).
  • Female prisoners demonstrated a low and declining recidivism rate (Read more).
  • Poorly targeted programs have the potential to be harmful.
  • There has been a substantial improvement in program provision in recent years; however, areas of improvement still exist.
  • There is a lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of Departmental treatment programs (Read more) .
Page last updated: November 3, 2014