Comprehensive Report Looks at Recidivism Issues of Formerly Incarcerated People Who Exited the Federal System
Date:  04-07-2016

United States Sentencing Commission report found age when released and criminal history were key factors in recidivism rates
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From the report, Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive View:

This report provides a broad overview of key findings from the United States Sentencing Commission’s study of recidivism of federal offenders. The Commission studied offenders who were either released from federal prison after serving a sentence of imprisonment or placed on a term of probation in 2005. Nearly half (49.3%) of such offenders were rearrested within eight years for either a new crime or for some other violation of the condition of their probation or release conditions. This report discusses the Commission’s recidivism research project and provides many additional findings from that project. In the future, the Commission will release additional publications discussing specific topics concerning recidivism of federal offenders.

Read the report here.