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Statewide Criminal Justice Recidivism and Revocation Rates, 2009

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2009
63 pages
The purpose of this report is to highlight what is known about the success and failure of offenders in the Texas criminal justice system in recent years.
This report summarizes reincarceration (2004 and 2005) and rearrest (2003 and 2004) rates for offenders who were released from prisons, State jails, Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities, and Intermediate Sanction Facilities in 2004 and 2005 While the number of adults under felony community supervision (probation) increased from 2005 to 2008, the revocation rate fell from 17 percent in 2004 to 15 percent in 2008. The 2005 Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility release cohort had a 41 percent reincarceration rate and average time-to-failure of 16 months. The 2005 State jail release cohort had a 33 percent reincarceration rate, higher than the 2005 prison release cohort rate (27 percent). State jail release cohorts had 3-year rearrest rates of 47 percent (2003 cohort) and 63 percent (2004 cohort) and an average time-to-failure of 11 months. The 3-year reincarceration rate of prison releases has decreased from the 1999 cohort (33 percent) to the 2005 cohort (27 percent), indicating that 27 percent of offenders released from prison in 2005 returned to prison or State jail within the subsequent 3 years. Prison offenders had a longer average time-to-reincarceration (19 months) than the State jail offenders (16 months). The 2004 prison release cohort had a 3-year rearrest rate of 49 percent and an average time-to-failure of 14 months. The adult parole revocation rate decreased from 15 percent in 2004 to 10 percent in 2008. Intermediate Sanction Facilities had 3-year reincarceration rates of 49 percent and 47 percent for the 2004 and 2005 release cohorts. The average time-to-failure before reincarceration was 16 months. Recent juvenile residential reincarceration rates were 49 percent and 43 percent for 2004 and 2005 cohorts. Figures, tables, and appendixes