‘To understand how to reduce recidivism, we must understand the complex disadvantage of people in the prison system – and how they struggle to rebuild a life once outside’
This article gives a good overview of the arguments for providing support to prisoners to break the cycle of recidivism (repeat offending).
The Find Legal Answers website has a publication on Prisoners - it was written in 2008 but the situation has not improved. Prisoners as a group are very disadvantaged in terms of health, including mental health, education, socio-economic status and intellectual capacity.
You can also find resources for prisoners and their families about imprisonment and release.