Skip navigation

As a deterrent

Jailing is failing as a deterrent. The evidence is that rates of reoffending are actually increasing. More than 50% of people who are imprisoned return to prison within two years. The experience of imprisonment increases rather than decreases the likelihood of going back to prison. This increases for people who have been to prison more than once. In many jurisdictions, the number of people currently incarcerated who have been in prison before is higher than 70%.