Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Georgia's recidivism rate is slightly better than the national average

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

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According to a Pew Center on the States study that was released today, the rate at which U.S. prisoners are re-incarcerated — whether for committing new crimes or for technical violations associated with prior offenses — remains "stubbornly high." Forty-three percent of prisoners who were released from prison in 2004 were back behind bars by 2007, a slight improvement from those who were released in 1999, 45 percent of whom were back in prison by 2002.

In both '99 and '04, Georgia's recidivism rate was lower than the national average — but not by much.

The study says that of the 16,951 prisoners who were released in Georgia in '99, 38 percent were re-incarcerated by 2002. Of the 18,972 released in Georgia in 2004, 34.8 percent were back in prison by 2007 (which, it's worth noting, means even though the rate was lower among convicts released in 2004, more of them actually ended up behind bars).

A small victory: Georgia had the lowest rate of recidivism in the nation for new crimes. Only eight percent of the convicts released in 1999 returned to prison for committing new crimes — the rest of those who returned went back for things like parole violations. North Carolina had the worst rate: 41.9 percent of that state's released convicts went back to prison for committing new crimes.

The whole study is available here.

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