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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Fact Sheet

Monthly Fact Sheet

November 2003

Did you know....

That about one-third (33.2%) of male inmates released from prison reoffend within two years, and that 18% return to prison for a new offense within two years?

The Bureau of Research and Data Analysis recently released its latest recidivism report, which can be found on the DC web at The report details recidivism and reoffense rates, and which factors make an inmate more likely to recidivate or reoffend. Some of those factors include prior recidivism, more disciplinary reports while in prison, when the worst crime the inmate committed is burglary, or when the inmate has more property or drug crimes. Factors that make inmates less likely to recidivate or reoffend include a higher age, Hispanic ethnicity, low custody level, more time in prison, higher education level, and when the inmate’s worst crime is homicide or sex/lewdness.

The following table shows the percentages of inmates released from July 1995 through June 2001 who committed a new offense (reoffense rate) or returned to prison for a new offense (reimprisonment rate) within the specified time following their release:

Follow-up Period
(Months Since Release)
Reoffense Reimprisonment
Male Female Male Female
6 12.5% 8.4% 1.3% 0.6%
12 21.5% 15.2% 6.4% 3.0%
18 28.2% 21.1% 12.5% 6.3%
24 33.2% 25.7% 18.0% 9.1%
36 40.5% 33.3% 26.7% 15.5%
48 45.4% 39.1% 33.2% 20.2%
60 48.7% 42.8% 38.1% 24.6%

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