Almost half of federal offenders tracked by a U.S. Sentencing Commission study were back in trouble with the law within eight years of their release—most of them for nonviolent offenses—but their rates of recidivism and reconviction were significantly lower than for state offenders.
The eight-year study, released yesterday, tracked 25,431 offenders released from federal prison or placed on probation in 2005. It found that nearly half (49.3 percent) were re-arrested within eight years . . .
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