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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Executive Summary

Defining Recidivism

For this report, recidivism is defined as a return to prison. The return to prison may be a result of a new conviction or a violation of post-prison supervision.  The follow-up periods (typically reported as three years) are calculated from prison release date to the date of readmission to prison.

Changing Recidivism Rates

The last three-year release cohorts have shown slight decreases in three-year recidivism rates. These decreases are shown below:

  • Inmates released in 2005 → 33.3% recidivism rate
  • Inmates released in 2006 → 32.5% recidivism rate
  • Inmates released in 2007 → 30.5% recidivism rate

Factors to be Considered

For 2003-2010 releases, some factors that influence an inmate's likelihood of recidivism include:

  • Number of prior prison commitments
    • More Priors → Higher Likelihood of Recidivating
  • Whether the inmate has a supervision term after release
    • Supervised → Higher Likelihood of Recidivating
  • The inmate’s tested education level
    • Higher Grade Level → Lower Likelihood of Recidivating
  • The inmate’s behavior while in prison
    •  More Disciplinary Reports → Higher Likelihood of Recidivating
  • The inmate’s age at release
    •  Younger → Higher Likelihood of Recidivating
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