It costs Australian taxpayers around $105,000 to accommodate one prisoner for one year. With incarceration rates soaring to record levels, that equates to over $3.17 billion each year.
USQ has been working with institutions and government agencies across all States and Territories to deliver modified higher education programs to incarcerated students with benefits to all and ultimately, the Australian economy.
Education, particularly post-secondary education, can reduce the risk of reoffending by 40%.
Since its early beginnings as a tertiary education provider, USQ has been a leader in the provision of distance and online study and had been working with correctional institutions for nearly 30 years. USQ’s Open Access College has been delivering preparatory-style programs to prisoners, to enable them to pursue higher education goals, before and after release.