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Report: 2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period (2005-2014)
This is the first BJS study that uses a 9-year follow-up period to examine the recidivism patterns of released prisoners...more


Prisoner Recidivism • 5 out of 6 state prisoners were arrested within 9 years of their release.
• 68% of released state prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.
• More than three-quarters (77%) of prisoners released for a drug offense were arrested for a non-drug crime within 9 years.
New Releases


Justice Department awards $64 million to improve state criminal record systems

The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (a component of the Office of Justice Programs) has awarded more than $64 million to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2018 to improve the completeness, quality, and accessibility of the nation’s criminal record systems. Read the full press release here.


Justice Department awards $49 million to improve collection of crime data reported to police

BJS will award more than $49 million to states and local law enforcement agencies to help them transition to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This is the largest single-year amount ever awarded for this project. Read the full press release here.


BJS proposes data collection extension: Mortality in Correctional Institutions (State Prisons)

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until November 13, 2018, on the extension of a currently approved data collection: Mortality in Correctional Institutions (State Prisons). Your comments to BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


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