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State Report Says Recidivism Rate Has Dropped



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the reduction of two-point-four percent in the recidivism rate means some 27-hundred fewer offenders returned to prison. That translates to a savings of 30-million dollars.

The report focused on offenders who were released during the 2006-2007 fiscal year and afterward tracked them for three years.  Among the report's findings:  Nearly half of the released felons - and 85 percent of sex offenders-- who returned to prison did so for parole violations, not new crimes.

California's recidivism rate now stands at 65-percent.  Despite this year's drop, that's still one of the highest in the nation. 

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