State of Recidivism
The Revolving Door of America's Prisons
More than four in ten offenders nationwide return to state prison within three years of their release despite a massive increase in state spending on prisons, according to State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America's Prisons, a Pew report.
States today spend more than $50 billion a year on corrections, yet recidivism rates remain stubbornly high. As the slumping economy forces states to do more with less, policy makers are looking for a better public safety return on their corrections dollars.