Nearly Half of Supervised Federal Offenders Re-Arrested Within 5 Years, BJS Says

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Almost half (43 percent) of the nearly 43,000 federal prisoners placed on community supervision in 2005 were re-arrested at least once within five years, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report released today. About a third of these offenders (32 percent) returned to prison within that time period.

Public order offenses, such as probation violations, accounted for 90 percent of the re-arrests, says the study, entitled “Recidivism of Offenders Placed on Federal Community Supervision in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010.”

Other findings include:

  • Federal offenders had sharply lower recidivism rates than state offenders placed on community supervision, 77 percent of whom were rearrested within five years and 59 percent of whom returned to prison within five years.
  • About 80 percent of federal offenders placed on community supervision in 2005 were male, 41 percent were white, and 31 percent were black; an estimated 28 percent were 29 or younger, and about 42 percent were 40 or older.
  • About 70 percent of federal offenders on community supervision had at least one prior non-federal arrest, and more than a third (35 percent) had four or more prior non-federal arrests.

The report was written by BJS statisticians Joshua A. Markman, Matthew R. Durose, Andrew D. Tiedt (former) and Ramona R. Rantala.

Read the report HERE.

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