Of the 14,400 men released from Connecticut prisons in 2005, nearly 80 percent were rearrested by 2010, and just under half returned to prison with new sentences, says a report quoted by the Hartford Courant that contains the most detailed data ever compiled on the state’s recidivism rate. The report, by Office of Policy and Management statistical guru Ivan Kuzyk, separately tracked sex offenders within the group and found that only a small number committed new sex crimes.
That suggests sex offenders respond well to supervision and treatment, and don’t commit new sex crimes at the rate the public thinks they do, said Michael Lawlor, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s chief of criminal-justice policy. The overall recidivism rates in the report — 78.6 percent of the 14,400 rearrested; 49.8 percent returned to prison with new sentences — appear to jibe with national rates and are higher than those some states, but lower than others, said Kuzyk. Lawlor said the report establishes benchmarks that will allow the state to track the progress of reform. He said it’s possible to reduce recidivism rates by adjusting the way probation and parole officers supervise, and by improving the way the system assesses low-, moderate- and high-risk inmates before and during release.