What is Recidivism?

According to the National Institute of Justice, Recidivism is one of the most fundamental concepts in criminal justice. It refers to a person’s relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime. Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, re-conviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.

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High Cost of Recidivesm & a Way to Cut Cost

According to the New York Times, cost for corrections have quadrupled in the last 20 years for the states, costing about $52 billion a year nationally – making prison budgets the second-fastest growing expense after Medicaid in the states.

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