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Author:
Giorgio Basevi, Università di Bologna - Italy

Coauthors:
Giulio Zanella, Università di Bologna - Italy

L'economia dei programmi di lavoro e istruzione in carcere: alcune riflessioni e un confronto internazionale

Volume 75 - Issue 4 - Papers in memoriam of Amedeo Amato, November 2022
(pp. 407-428)
JEL classification: F55, K42, J47
Keywords: Crime, Prison Work, Prison Education, International Prison Regimes, Rehabilitaion

Abstract

The Economics of Work and Education Programs in Prison: Some Remarks and an International Comparison

This article discusses the economic principles that connect work and education programs in prison with the rehabilitation of convicts, and analyses how the different organisation of these programs in different European countries and in the Unites States is reflected in different recidivism rates. The article also discusses important aspects of international economics and international political economy related to the treatment of prisoners that have not been adequately investigated and that therefore provide opportunities for future research.


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