Study: Prisons Failing to Deter Repeat Criminals in 41 States

Publication: USA Today

Author: Kevin Johnson

04/12/2011 - The number of inmates returning to state prisons within three years of release has remained steady for more than a decade, a strong indicator that prison systems are failing to deter criminals from re-offending, a new study has concluded.

In one of the most comprehensive of its kind, the Pew Center on the States found that slightly more than four in 10 offenders return to prison within three years, a collective rate that has remained largely unchanged in years, despite huge increases in prison spending that now costs states $52 billion annually.

National recidivism, or return, rates are holding steady even as state officials have launched programs to help prisoners re-enter society and as the recent financial crisis has forced states to cut their budgets and re-evaluate the types of offenders who should return to prison.

Read the full article, Prisons Failing to Deter Repeat Criminals in 41 States, on USA Today's Web site.

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