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PEW State-by-State Study Reveals 40% Recidivism Rate
Thinking About Corrections


A recently released report from  The PEW Center on the States entitled, state of recidivismState of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons, cites the ongoing issue of high recidivism rates despite the funding of over $50 billion per year on corrections.  A key component of this study is a comprehensive survey of recidivism on an individual state level, revealing wide differences in recidivism rates.

From the executive summary:

  • 43.3 percent of those sent home from prison in 2004 were reincarcerated within three years
  • Recidivism rates range from a low of 22.8 percent in Oregon to a high of 61.2 percent in Minnesota
  • From 1999 to 2004, recidivism dropped in Kansas by 22.1 percent and rose in South Dakota by 34.9 percent

For ongoing and comprehensive research on recidivism, see the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Norval Morris Project topic, Safely Reducing the Corrections Population, and a listing of NIC library resources on recidivism.

Posted Mon, Apr 18 2011 12:18 PM by Susan Powell


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