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The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) collects criminal history data from the FBI and state record repositories to study the recidivism patterns of various offenders, including persons on probation or discharged from prison. The latest study estimated the recidivism patterns of about 400,000 persons released from state prisons in 30 states in 2005. The findings from the 2005 study cannot be directly compared to those from the previous BJS prisoner recidivism studies due to changes in the demographic characteristics and criminal histories of the U.S. prison population, an increase in the number of states in the study, and improvements made to the quality and completeness of the nation’s criminal history records since the mid-1990s.

In addition to recidivism statistics based on criminal history records, BJS collects administrative data through the Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole to examine the rate at which offenders are at risk of being incarcerated for a new offense or for violating the conditions of their supervision.

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Drug Offenders in Federal Prisons: Estimates of Characteristics Based on Linked Data MORE THAN HALF OF DRUG OFFENDERS IN FEDERAL PRISON WERE SERVING SENTENCES FOR POWDER OR CRACK COCAINE
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Drug Offenders in Federal Prisons: Estimates of Characteristics Based on Linked Data Presents a description of drug offenders in federal prison, including criminal history, demographics, gun involvement in the offense, and sentence imposed.
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Multistate Criminal History Patterns of Prisoners Released in 30 States 11 PERCENT OF PRISONERS RELEASED IN 30 STATES IN 2005 WERE ARRESTED IN ANOTHER STATE WITHIN 5 YEARS
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Multistate Criminal History Patterns of Prisoners Released in 30 States Examines the multistate criminal history patterns of persons released from prisons in 30 states in 2005 and the characteristics of released prisoners whose criminal careers are in one or multiple states.
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Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010 Examines the 5-year post-release offending patterns of persons released from state prisons in 2005 by offender characteristics, prior criminal history, and commitment offense.
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Part of the Recidivism of Prisoners Released Series

Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010 3 IN 4 FORMER PRISONERS IN 30 STATES ARRESTED WITHIN 5 YEARS OF RELEASE
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Part of the Recidivism of Prisoners Released Series

Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool This analysis tool allows users to calculate recidivism rates for persons released from state prisons. Recidivism rates may be generated for the entire sample of released prisoners or for released prisoners with specific demographic, criminal history, and sentence attributes.
  Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool (Data online) | Press Release

Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool This analysis tool enables users to calculate recidivism rates for persons released from State prisons. Recidivism rates may be generated for a large sample of releasees or for releasees with specific demographic, criminal history, and sentence attributes.
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National Corrections Reporting Program: Sentence length of state prisoners, by offense, admission type, sex, and race Presents data on sentence length of state prisoners, by offense, admission type, sex, and race.
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Part of the National Corrections Reporting Program Series

National Corrections Reporting Program: Most serious offense of state prisoners, by offense, admission type, age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin Presents the number and percentage of most serious offense of state prisoners, by offense, admission type, age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin.
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Part of the National Corrections Reporting Program Series