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Report: 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)


Percent arrested since release
  • 5 out of 6 state prisoners were arrested within 9 years of their release.
  • 68% of released state prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.
  • More than three-quarters (77%) of prisoners released for a drug offense were arrested for a non-drug crime within 9 years.

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Date Published: May 23, 2018