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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  • Alan Hart

    So much for rehabilitation.

  • rjsmitty

    We also have 60% of all illegal aliens in the country?

  • Mary L.

    The reason for this is that California does not rehabilitate anyone; they throw non-violent drug (pot) offenders in with rapists, murdering gang members, etc. My boyfriend was in prison for many years due to being an addict. Did he get help? Of course not, the revolving door hit him on the way back in…the system likes it because it’s job security for the unions…plus they’re actually on Wall Street…you can “invest” into the criminal system…supposed to be illegal, but, hey, it’s only illegal if you’re not a cop, etc. Then you can do anything and get away with it.

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