Recidivism Rates ‘Unacceptably High,’ says Sessions

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David Muhlhausen, director of the National Institute of Justice, will lead the administration’s efforts to bring down the nation’s “unacceptably high” rates of recidivism, says Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

David Muhlhausen

David B. Muhlhausen

Mulhausen has been named executive director of Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry (FIRC), established last month as the successor to a similar panel in the Obama administration.

“Recidivism rates in this country are unacceptably high,” Sessions said in a statement announcing the appointment Friday.

“That means more costs for society, more dangerous work for our law enforcement officers, and more crime. That’s why, under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Justice is committed to improving outcomes for those reintegrating into society who want to abide by our laws.”

Accordng to a 2005 Bureau of Justice Statistics study which tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison,  the researchers found that:

  • Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
  • Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.

Ja’Ron Smith, Domestic Policy Council Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization, will be White House liaison to the council.

Muhlhausen became NIJ director last year. Previously, he was a research fellow in empirical policy analysis at the Heritage Foundation, where he worked since 1999.

See also:  Community-Based Reentry Program Lowers Recidivism