This document describes a standard methodology for collecting recidivism data for state prison inmates and analyzing how certain factors influence recidivism rates. As such, this report provides a sound theoretical basis for evaluating whether and how activities, functions, and programs in the Department affect recidivism. These findings should guide internal and external evaluations seeking to show recidivism effects for state prison inmates released in Florida. Proper application of this data and method should produce reasonable, reliable, and credible results from such evaluations.
The following studies conducted by the Department or by external researchers have relied upon this approach to analyze recidivism effects in Florida state inmates: