According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 67.8% of released state prisoners were arrested for a new crime within three years, and 76.7% were arrested within five years (Durose, Cooper, & Snyder, 2014). Reducing recidivism not only protects society at large, but also improves the life quality of individual ex-prisoners.
Incarceration rates in the U.S. began increasing dramatically in the 1990s. The U.S. has the highest prison population of any country, comprising 25% of the world’s prisoners.
Out of a sample of 401,288 prisoners state prisoners released in 2005:
- 68% of released prisoners were arrested within 3 years.
- 79% of released prisoners were arrested within 6 years.
- 83% of released prisoners were arrested within 9 years.
Using this study as a basepoint, one could state that the national recidivism rate is 83%.recidivism and reentry on prisonpolicy.orgrecidivism the ultimate guide on prisoninsight.com