Survey Finds Calif. Recidivism Rate Tops 50 Percent

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — States spend $52 billion a year to put people who break the law behind bars. But what happens to many ex-convicts after they get out of prison?

A recent survey conducted by The Pew Center on the States found that more than four in 10 offenders return to state prison within three years of their release.

“That’s disappointing because we’ve seen that same rate for about the past 20 years or so. We’ve had a massive increase in state spending on prisons, but the national recidivism rate remains stubbornly high,” Adam Gelb with The Pew Center on the States said.

Gelb spoke with KNX 1070 Newsradio about the survey, which took a state-by-state look at the recidivism rate.

“About half the states in the survey did show reductions in recidivism and the other half were increasing. So nationally, the numbers wash out. But there are some states like Texas, like Michigan, like Missouri and Oregon that are getting better results,” Gelb added.

Minnesota has the highest recidivism rate with 61 percent and California has 50 percent.

“Corrections is the second fastest growing segment of state budgets behind only Medicaid and now one in every eight state employees works for the Department of Corrections,” Gelb said.

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  1. Carlos D. says:

    HOW ABOUT GIVING ALL THESE IDIOTS MORE THAN A SLAP ON THE HAND WHEN THEY COMMIT A CRIME. THIS STUPID LIBERAL STATE DOES NOTHING BUT CATER TO THE ANIMALS IN PRISON…TRY KILLING SOME OF THEM!! THAT MIGHT SEND A MESAGE.

    1. Ron says:

      Unfortunately, our beloved Gov. J. Brown won’t enforce the death penalty.

      And this is a crime in itself, that only Medicaid exceeds the budget for corrections with 1 of every 8 state employees works for the Department of Corrections. And you wonder why the Prison Unions are so powerful !!

      CUT THE WASTE. SEND OUR PRISONERS out of STATE and SAVE MILLIONS, if not more. Send them to Texas, Michigan, Missouri or Oregon; they seem to know how to keep them from returning to prison.

  2. Andy says:

    You can’t even SPELL ‘message’!!

  3. gerald bryant says:

    the reason those states “know” how to keep ex-cons from returning to prison is maybe because they actually give them a chance to earn a living on a meaningful job once they are released. if california stopped treating ex-cons like animals, maybe they will stop acting like animals. prison is such a huge money making indust for alot of people, prosecutors, lawyers, judges, corrections officers, etc. that the best interest of these people is to keep criminals returning to prison. wake up people! the best way to, alot of people have a direct benefit from crime so they demonize ex-cons and make it legal for the public to discriminate against them so when they try to live a “normal” life they have a million road blocks in front of them. after so long of being told “no” for so long anyone is going to do whatever it takes to survive and in an ex-cons case thats usually crime. all you have to do is think back to when the recession first hit and thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens started commiting crimes to provide for their family. give people a chance and crime rates will drop. if all of you goody goody people REALLY believe that your “rehabilitation” system really works why do you still treat ex-cons like criminals? the system rehabbed them right!

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