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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

California Parolee Recidivism Rate Drops Below 40 Percent

Fewer than 40 percent of parolees returned to prison after less than a year, continuing a decline that began in 1997, according to the latest numbers released by state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 2003, the one-year recidivism rate was 38.15 percent, and it crept up slightly the following year to 38.33 percent, according to figures released by the department Monday. But those figures are still far below the peak of about 54 percent in 1988. The one-year recidivism rate has been on the decline since 1997 when it was just under 45 percent. More from Findlaw. . . [Mark Godsey]

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