Incarceration

  • 03.01.16

    Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview

    This report from the United States Sentencing Commission investigated recidivism rates among a swath of the incarcerated population. It finds that "Over an eight year follow-up period, almost one-half of federal offenders released in 2005 (49.3%) were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of su...

    This report from the United States Sentencing Commission investigated recidivism rates among a swath of the incarcerated population. 

    It finds that "Over an eight year follow-up period, almost one-half of federal offenders released in 2005 (49.3%) were rearrested for a new crime or rearrested for a violation of supervision conditions." Almost a third were reconvicted and one quarter were reincarerated. 

    The report also looks at the characteristics of inmates that make recidivism more likely. They found that of those offenders who recidivated, most did so within the first two years. A federal offenders criminal history, and their age at time of release were closely associated with likelyhood to recidivate. Those with more criminal history points and those who were younger were more likely to recidivate.