Recidivism refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior after their release from prison. A recent study which tracked more than 400,000 state prisoners from 30 states who were released in 2005 found the rate of recidivism was highest during the first year and declined each year afterward. More than a third of recently-released convicts were re-arrested in the first six months after leaving prison, and more than half were arrested by the end of the first year. The study found that overall, about 68% were re-arrested within 3 years, and 77% were re-arrested within 5 years of their release. Researchers say our prison population is aging and they found that recidivism substantially declines with age. Released prisoners face many difficulties in avoiding reincarceration. Advocates claim inmates, subjected to coercive and violent prison environments, often emerge with psychological problems. Once released, it is difficult for them to get jobs and find housing - putting them back in an environment where there’s a lot of temptations without much support. Advocates say that most correctional facilities are not equipped with the types of psychological or substance abuse treatment programs many inmates need to avoid recidivism.

Pending Legislation:
S.449 - To reduce recidivism and increase public safety

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May 21, 2020
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May 27, 2020

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