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Prison systems are facing significant challenges from overcrowding and a ‘revolving door’ routine. Reducing recidivism would help alleviate both these problems and would also assist in breaking the cycle of career criminality. However, one of the primary causes of recidivism is a lack of employment opportunities for people who have spent time in prison, thereby causing them to return to crime. Given the dearth of entrepreneurship research on ex-prisoners, this paper examines a ‘Start Your Own Business’ programme delivered inside a prison. Based on interviews with the participants, the author examines whether such programmes offer a realistic opportunity for reducing recidivism.
Cooney, T. (2012) Reducing Recidivism Through Entrepreneurship Programmes in Prisons. Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol.13, no.2,pp. 125-133. doi:10.5367/ijei.2012.0074