Listed below are the factors in order of importance followed by an ‘H’ if the factor is associated with a higher likelihood of recidivism and an ‘L’ for a lower likelihood of recidivism.
The factors that affect Male recidivism, but not Females are:
The factors that affect Female recidivism, but not Males are:
|Value||Overall Releases 2003-2010||%||Recidivism
|Expiration of Sentence
(No Supervision to Follow)
(mandatory supervision for serious
offenders as specified in F.S. 947.1405)
|Expiration of Sentence to
Probation or Community Control
|Major Correctional Institution||184,824||78%||34%|
|Work Release Center||31,453||13%||21%|
Note that the results presented in the preceding table do not constitute a rigorous evaluation of any factor. For example, it is not valid to claim that if all inmates went to Work Release Centers, one would realize a lower overall recidivism rate. Inmates who succeed at work release do not have the same characteristics as many other inmates, so the work release impact would likely be different if expanded to include a broader group of inmates.
When comparing recidivism rates across groups or programs, caution must be taken to ensure that the same parameters are considered. The key considerations include the definition of recidivism, the time-period of interest since release, methodology and calculation, characteristics of the respective groups, and the relative sample size of the groups or programs being compared.