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Recidivism

Recidivism is where a person re-offends, even after receiving some form of punishment. This is a concern for society, as it has implications for the aims of custodial sentencing and suggests that current treatment programmes in prison do not necessarily work. Research into recidivism suggests that there are a number of factors contributing to recidivism rates, such as prisoners being mentally ill and the availability of post-release support.

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