Study: State Juvenile Recidivism Measures Vary


Juvenile recidivism data collection and reporting practices varies widely from the state to state, according to a recent survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts' public safety performance project, the Council of State Governments' Justice Center and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators.

The survey of agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that 1 in 4 does not regularly collect and report recidivism data.

“Fewer than half use measures that provide a comprehensive picture of youth reoffending,” according to an interactive graphic created from the data by Pew.

The graphic breaks down data collection and reporting practices by state, highlighting those that do currently collect juvenile recidivism information.

For each of those states, the graphic includes summary information about how the states define recidivism, measure performance and report data.

“To make appropriate comparisons of recidivism rates across groups, states must also be able to differentiate offenders by risk,” researches wrote.

But just 21 state agencies can.

“The composition of the release cohort changes annually, and a meaningful assessment of recidivism trends must be able to account for changes in the offender risk profile,” researchers wrote.

Explore the interactive graphic HERE.

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