95% of the roughly 2 million inmates in US correctional custody will one day be released.
Depending on who you ask, between 30% and 77% of those prisoners will end up back in prison. The Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent study found a 3-year recidivism rate of 67.8% across 30 states.
The graphics below are based on BJS's data. But these numbers are likely not quite right.
Existing studies are constrained by static data collection techniques - they capture a snapshot in time, which quickly becomes stale.
They're often forced to conflate differing definitions of recidivism, lump parole infractions in with new crimes, or forgeo cross-cutting comparisons altogether.
And in most cases, the data collected isn't granular enough to be actionable.
It's really hard to find good data on recidivism, and Recidiviz wants to help.
We're building a platform that standardizes the way that recidivism data is collected.
It should be easy for states and policy makers to access granular, accurate, real time metrics, so that they can reduce crime, reduce costs, and improve outcomes for inmates and communities.