Recidivism Of Prisoners Released In 30 States In 2005: Patterns From 2005 To 2010

Highlights:

Among people released from state prison in 30 states in 2005—
◾About two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years.
◾Within 5 years of release, 82.1% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9% of drug offenders, 73.6% of public order offenders, and 71.3% of violent offenders.
◾More than a third (36.8%) of all prisoners who were arrested within 5 years of release were arrested within the first 6 months after release, with more than half (56.7%) arrested by the end of the first year.
◾Two in five (42.3%) released prisoners were either not arrested or arrested once in the 5 years after their release.
◾A sixth (16.1%) of released prisoners were responsible for almost half (48.4%) of the nearly 1.2 million arrests that occurred in the 5-year follow-up period.
◾An estimated 10.9% of released prisoners were arrested in a state other than the one that released them during the 5-year follow-up period
◾Within 5 years of release, 84.1% of inmates who were age 24 or younger at release were arrested, compared to 78.6% of inmates ages 25 to 39 and 69.2% of those age 40 or older.

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