2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)
Date:  05-25-2018

BJS report assesses post-release offending patterns of formerly incarcerated people and their involvement in criminal activities
From the report 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism by the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

Highlights of the report:

  • The 401,288 state prisoners released in 2005 had an estimated 1,994,000 arrests during the 9-year period, an average of 5 arrests per released prisoner. Sixty percent of these arrests occurred during years 4 through 9.

  • An estimated 68% of released prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.

  • Almost half (47%) of prisoners who did not have an arrest within 3 years of release were arrested during years 4 through 9.

  • More than three-quarters (77%) of released drug offenders were arrested for a non-drug crime within 9 years.

  • Forty-four percent of released prisoners were arrested during the first year following release, while 24% were arrested during year-9.

  • Eighty-two percent of prisoners arrested during the 9-year period were arrested within the first 3 years.

  • Five percent of prisoners were arrested during the first year after release and not arrested again during the 9-year follow-up period.

  • During each year and cumulatively in the 9-year follow-up period, released property offenders were more likely to be arrested than released violent offenders.

  • Eight percent of prisoners arrested during the first year after release were arrested outside the state that released them, compared to 14% of prisoners arrested during year-9.

    Read the full report here.