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Prisons, education and work

Towards a National Employment Strategy for Prisoners

John Braithwaite
ISBN 0 7022 1524 4

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As Prisons, Education and Work points out, our prisons are filled with people who had good intentions, but finding themselves broke, were forced to return to crime. The ex-prisoner does not necessarily choose between work and crime but rather, because crime itself is a form of work, chooses between legitimate and illegitimate work. Ex-prisoners have the necessary skills for this illegitimate work and are rewarded not only economically but with job satisfaction as well.