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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TANNYR WATKINS,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018


5 OUT OF 6 STATE PRISONERS WERE ARRESTED WITHIN 9 YEARS OF THEIR RELEASE

          WASHINGTON— Five out of six state prisoners were arrested at least once during the nine years after their release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. This is the first BJS study that uses a 9-year follow-up period to examine the recidivism patterns of released prisoners. The longer follow-up period shows a much fuller picture of offending patterns and criminal activity of released prisoners than is shown by prior studies that used a 3- or 5-year follow-up period.

          This 2018 update on prisoner recidivism tracks a representative sample of prisoners released in 2005 in 30 states and chronicles their arrests through 2014. In 2005, those 30 states accounted for 77 percent of all persons released from state prisons nationwide.

          Overall, 68 percent of released state prisoners were arrested within three years, 79 percent within six years and 83 percent within nine years. The 401,288 released state prisoners were arrested an estimated 2 million times during the nine years after their release, an average of five arrests per released prisoner.

          On an annual basis, 44 percent of prisoners were arrested during the first year after release, 34 percent were arrested during the third year and 24 percent were arrested during the ninth year. Five percent of prisoners were arrested during the first year after release and were not arrested again during the 9-year follow-up period.

          Released property and drug offenders were more likely to be arrested than released violent offenders; however, released violent offenders were more likely to be arrested for a violent crime. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of released drug offenders were arrested for a non-drug crime within nine years, and more than a third (34 percent) were arrested for a violent crime.

          Among prisoners arrested after release, the percentage of those arrested in another state increased each year after release. Eight percent of prisoners arrested during the first year following release were arrested outside of the state from which they were released. In comparison, 14 percent of prisoners arrested during the ninth year following release were arrested in another state.

          To conduct this large-scale recidivism study, BJS used prisoner records obtained from state departments of corrections through BJS’s National Corrections Reporting Program and criminal history records obtained through requests to the FBI's Interstate Identification Index and state repositories via the International Justice and Public Safety Network.

          The report, 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014) (NCJ 250975), was written by BJS statisticians Mariel Alper and Matthew Durose and former BJS statistician Joshua Markman. The report, related documents and additional information about BJS’s statistical publications and programs can be found on the BJS website at www.bjs.gov.

          The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and justice systems in the United States. Jeffrey H. Anderson is director.

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About the Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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Posted by USMC66'- at 5/23/2018 11:46:49 AM

Say it isn't so. A criminal gets released and he hasn't been rehabilitated and commits more crimes... What is the world coming to?
Posted by Sasquatch at 5/24/2018 8:10:39 AM

I hear ex cons talking about they can't find a job Well they can find a job it may not be the job they want it may not pay as much as they want but they can work it may be hard work in the hot sun but they can find work a lot of them start selling dope because it's easy money stay up all night to party sleep around with women who are hooked on drugs buy a nice car with drug money while the adverge person can't set up all night because they will have to get up and go to work in the morning on a car that has a hundred thousand miles and pay taxes to support inmates and the inmates family while the elderly have to choose between food and medication the inmates does not have to choose they get booth at the tax payers expense now they say drug crimes are non violent what a lie i guess those who say that have never seen the mother or daughter selling their body to get dope or the crime scene where some one was murdered for dope money or they have never had to watch a family member slowly waste away on the crape they deal so what a big surprise they get out and re offend ask anyone who's worked in the system and they can tell you what most will do as soon as they get out the gate God help this country we are in a sad sad situation start Praying folks
Posted by Cracker at 5/25/2018 5:04:17 PM

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