Who Returns to Prison—and Why?

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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 3/10 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 . . .

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