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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"Of Course Recidivism Is High When Everything Is a Crime"


I thumbed through the full 31-page report (pdf) and found what I was looking further in. Fully a quarter of rearrests included probation or parole violations. More than 38 percent were rearrested for drug-related violations. 

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What does it say about our criminal justice system when only 28 percent of our repeat criminals are committing violent crimes, only 38 percent are committing property crimes, but 40 percent of them are falling in this catch-all category of "other" crimes that are so extensive that even a report full of statistics for recidivism isn't able to account for them all?

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This fact goes a long way toward explaining why US incarcerates people at a rate ten times greater than most European nations.
See Table A7 on page 37.

Posted by: Jennifer Johnson | Apr 26, 2014 1:11:29 PM

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