The Quality of Life in Prisons: Do Educational Programs Reduce In-Prison Conflicts?

María Laura Alzüa, Catherine Rodriguez and Edgar Villa

in The Economics of Crime

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226153742
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226153766 | DOI:
The Quality of Life in Prisons: Do Educational Programs Reduce In-Prison Conflicts?

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This chapter focuses on the role of prisons, which is an area where there are perhaps some of the biggest institutional differences between Latin America and developed countries and there is huge need for more research. The poor prison conditions in Latin America suggest the possibility that they increase the likelihood of recidivism for released prisoners. This chapter studies the in-prison conflict, which is one aspect that is important and the role of educational programs. This appears important in practice as several basic education and vocational training programs are in place in prisons in the region and a large proportion of criminals have low educational attainment. The data is collected on prisons in Argentina, noting that lack of incentives leads to few teachers being willing to work in prison educational programs, limiting their supply.

Keywords: prisons; Latin America; recidivism; in-prison conflict; basic education; vocational training; educational programs; Argentina

Chapter.  10434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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