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Pew Report Provides State-By-State Recidivism Data April 13, 2011

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Four in 10 people return to state prison within three years of their release, according to a new study released today by the Pew Center on the States. State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons is the first-ever national survey on the rate of people returning to prison that provides state-by-state data.

The report, which looks at data from 1999 and 2004, updates the last national study of recidivism rates, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and based on data from 1994. Pew found that the national recidivism rate remained nearly constant between the survey periods, though within many states there was a dramatic difference in recidivism rates over time.

Because each state is unique and their policies vary widely, the authors caution not to compare one state to another. This said, the report is clear that when states take action to reduce recidivism, they can see significant improvements.

Congress has shown its commitment to support states taking steps to reduce recidivism by providing critical reentry funding through the Second Chance Act. This first-of-its-kind federal legislation promotes the efforts of government and nonprofit agencies as they work to make communities safer. The Second Chance Act also created the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) to support states’ reentry efforts. The Association of State Correctional Administrators, one of the organizations behind the NRRC, collaborated with Pew on the report.

For more information about this important new report, click here.



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