Recidivism rates are high, according to one Department of Justice study. Among state prisoners released in 30 states in 2005, the 2010 data indicate:
- 67.8% of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years and 76.6% were arrested within 5 years.
- Within 5 years of release, 82.1% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9% of drug offenders, 73.6% of public order offenders, and 71.3% of violent offenders.
- 36.8% of all prisoners who were arrested within 5 years of release were arrested within the first 6 months after release, with 56.7% arrested by the end of the first year.
- 42.3% of released prisoners were either not arrested or arrested once in the 5 years after their release.
- 16.1% of released prisoners were responsible for 48.4% of the ~1.2M arrests that occurred in the 5-year follow-up period.
- 10.9% of released prisoners were arrested in a state other than the one that released them during the 5-year follow-up period
- Within 5 years of release, 84.1% of inmates who were age <24 at release were arrested, compared to 78.6% of inmates ages 25 to 39 and 69.2% of those age 40 or older.
What can be done to reduce the recidivism rate?
Here's what one woman has done:
Those who are imprisoned experience hindrances to freedom. Helping them, visiting them, or protecting them is an act of love. Jody Coyne's program does that "plus."
Catholics should remember that they are obliged to perform the such works in the name of Jesus Christ, according to one's ability and the neighbor's need. Only works performed in this way are true corporal works of mercy which evangelize others about God's love and care for them. Absent doing those works in the name of Jesus Christ, they are truly exemplary humanitarian acts but not corporal works of mercy.
Let the discussion begin...