California’s 3-Year Recidivism Rate Climbs Slightly

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A new state report shows 67.5 percent of California prison inmates who were paroled in 2005-06 returned to prison within three years.

That’s a slight increase over the previous three-year recidivism rate of 66.2 percent.

The latest findings by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were released on Tuesday.

They show California’s recidivism rate remains among the higest in the nation.

But corrections officials tell the San Francisco Chronicle there are some signs of improvement. There was a small decline in the rate of imprisonment within a year of release. That number dropped from 49.1 percent in 2005-06 to 47.5 percent in 2007-08.

The report found the highest recidivism rate among parolees aged 24 or younger.

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