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Recidivism of State Prisoners

Data Collection Status
1983, 1994, 2005, 2008, 2012
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
Matthew R. Durose, BJS Statistician
Collection Period



BJS uses criminal history records to study the number and types of crimes committed by state prisoners both prior to and following their release. The first study tracked a sample of state prisoners released in 11 states in 1983, and the second study followed a sample of state prisoners released in 15 states in 1994. Both studies had a 3-year follow-up period. The latest study tracked a sample of prisoners released in 34 states in 2012 for 5 years after release. These studies documented the arrest, conviction, and incarceration experiences of the former inmates within and outside of the state that released them.

Date Created: May 26, 2009