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.
Recidivism Rates Over Time
Changing Recidivism Rates
The last three-year release cohorts have shown slight decreases in three-year recidivism rates. These decreases are shown below:
Factors to be Considered
For 2005-2012 releases, some factors that influence an inmate's likelihood of recidivism include: