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Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010

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Date Published
April 2014
31 pages
Matthew R. Durose; Alexia D. Cooper, Ph.D.; Howard N. Snyder, Ph.D.
Publication Series
Using a follow-up period of 5 years, this report presents recidivism statistics for prisoners released in 30 States in 2005, with recidivism defined as arrest for a new crime.
About two-thirds (67.8 percent) of the 404,638 State prisoners released in 2005 in 30 States were arrested within 3 years of release, and 76.6 percent were arrested within 5 years of release. Within 5 years of release, 82.1 percent of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders, and 71.3 percent of violent offenders. Of those who were arrested within 5 years of their release, 36.8 percent were arrested within the first 6 months after release, and 56.7 percent were arrested by the end of the first year. Of the total number released in 2005 in the 30 States, 42.3 percent were either not arrested or were arrested once in the 5 years after their release. Of the nearly 1.2 million arrests in the 5-year follow-up, 48.4 percent involved 16.1 percent of the released prisoners. An estimated 10.9 percent of the released prisoners were arrested in a State other than the one in which they were released. Among the inmates who were age 24 or younger at the time of their release, 84.1 percent were arrested, compared to 78.6 percent ages 25 to 39 and 69.2 percent of those ages 40 or older. The percentage of those arrested within 5 years of release was also reported by sex and race/Hispanic origin. In addition, a table presents the population-adjusted percentage of released prisoners arrested for a violent crime within 3 years after their release in 11 States for 1994 and 2005, by demographic characteristics and most serious commitment offense. 34 tables and 8 figures

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