Capital offending: income, work and crime in Australia’s convict era

  • Maxwell-Stewart, Hamish (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Dungey, M (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Inwood, Kris (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Frost, Lucy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Latham, Ross (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kippen, Rebecca (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Funded by the Australian Research Council, 2014-2017.

At least 60 per cent of Australia’s current prison population has been in prison before. By contrast a mere 18 per cent of transported convicts were re-incarcerated following release. This project will use information on the bank accounts maintained for convicts while under sentence to measure the relationship between capital formation and post-sentence marriage, migration and reconviction rates. It will look in particular at the extent to which skills, employment opportunities and asset accumulation enabled former transported lags to go straight. It will also result in improved archival search engines enabling access to members of the public to internationally recognised record groups hitherto held by different institutions.
Effective start/end date1/01/141/01/19