Recidivism Rates High Among Federal Offenders: Study

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Nearly 64 percent of federal offenders who had been convicted of violent offenses and were released in 2005 were rearrested for a new crime or for a violation of their supervision conditions within the next eight years, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported on Thursday.

That compared to 39.8 percent of nonviolent offenders who were rearrested, the commission said.

Of the violent offenders who were rearrested, the median time from release to the first recidivism event was 18 months. The median time for nonviolent offenders was 24 months.

Violent offenders had higher recidivism rates than did nonviolent offenders in every criminal history category, and recidivism rates for violent offenders in every age group at the time of release were higher than the rates for nonviolent offenders.

The study analyzed the records of 10,004 people released who had been convicted of violent offenses and 15,427 who had been convicted of non-violent offenses.

It was the fifth study of recidivism among released federal offenders that the commission has issued since 2017.

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