Category: Bureau of Justice Statistics

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-Up Period (2005-2014)

This report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) examines the post-release recidivism patterns of formerly incarcerated people and their involvement in criminal activity, both within and outside of the state where they were imprisoned. In 2005, BJS began tracking the recidivism patterns of 67,966 people in prison who were randomly sampled to represent …

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Reentry Essentials: An Overview of Employment and Correctional Education

By CSG Justice Center Staff This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic. Employment Can Improve Reentry Outcomes Employment is widely seen by reentry service providers, researchers, policymakers, and people who were previously incarcerated as crucial to …

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TED Talk

The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world, says documentarian Eve Abrams, and somewhere between 1 and 4 percent of them are likely innocent. That’s 87,000 brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers separated from their families, their lives and dreams put on hold. Using audio from interviews with these families, …

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National Prison Rate Continues to Decline Amid Sentencing, Re-Entry Reforms

The Pew Charitable Trusts By Adam Gelb and Jacob Denney After peaking in 2008, the nation’s imprisonment rate fell 11 percent over eight years, reaching its lowest level since 1997, according to an analysis of new federal statistics by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The decline from 2015-16 was 2 percent, much of which was due to a drop in …

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Indicators of Mental Health Problems Reported by Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-2012

This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents prevalence estimates of mental health indicators among state and federal prisoners and jail inmates by different time periods, demographics, criminal justice history, most serious offense, mental health treatment received while incarcerated, and rule violations. Indicators were defined as serious psychological distress (SPD) in the 30 days …

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