In honor of National Repeat Day, Follow Our Courts looks at repeat-offender statistics.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California’s recidivism rate has averaged around 50% over the past 10 years.
The United States has some of the highest recidivism rates in the world. According to the National Institute of Justice, almost 44% of criminals return to prison before the first year of freedom is up. 2005 numbers show that 68% of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within three years, and 77% within five years.
The World Population Review cites difficulty adjusting to normal life as the primary reason released prisoners become repeat offenders.