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Recidivism

Recidivism

The California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) defines Recidivism as “conviction of a new felony or misdemeanor committed* within three years of release from custody or committed within three years of placement on supervision for a previous criminal conviction.” *(“Committed” refers to the date of offense, not the date of conviction.)

This definition does not preclude other measures of offender outcomes. Such measures may include new arrest, return to custody, criminal filing, violation of supervision, and level of offense (felony or misdemeanor).

 

Recidivism Rates

While the definition adopts a three-year standard measurement period, rates may also be measured over other time intervals such as one, two, or five years.

The total three-year recidivism rate [of offenders sentenced to state prison] for FY 2008-09 cohort is 61.0 percent. The recidivism rate for rereleases (offenders paroled for a second or subsequent time) is 21.6 percentage points higher than the rate for first releases. Most inmates who return to prison do so in the first year after release. (Source: CDC)

The total three-year recidivism rate [of offenders sentenced to state prison] for FY 2008-09 cohort is 61.0 percent. The recidivism rate for rereleases (offenders paroled for a second or subsequent time) is 21.6 percentage points higher than the rate for first releases. Most inmates (74.1%) who return to prison do so in the first year after release. Nearly half (47.5 percent) of the inmates released returned to prison after having been in the community for only six months. (Source: CDCR)

 

Most inmates who return to prison do so in the first year after release; nearly half in only 6 months.

 

Impact of AB 109 on Recidivism

  • Slightly higher recidivism rates among individuals on post-release community supervision (PRCS).
  • No consistent effect on recidivism among individuals sentenced under section 1170(h) of the California Penal Code.
  • Lower recidivism among 1170(h) offenders who received “straight sentences”—mixed results among those with “split sentences.”

(Source: The Public Policy Institute of California)

 

How We’re Having an Impact

Through our programs, we are helping people learn a new way of thinking. “Change your mind, change your path” is a mantra and a philosophy. Through the hard work and dedication of our staff and volunteers, our goal is to reduce recidivism in our state by 50%.

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