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Fewer inmates returning to prison after release.

California's recidivism rate fell to 65 percent this year, according to the 2011 Adult Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This reduction in one year equates to 2,766 fewer offenders returning to prison and an approximate saving to California taxpayers of $30 million. Offenders were monitored for three years after release, regardless of whether or not they were on parole, to determine if they recidivated.

The report includes analyses of demographics, including gender, length of stay, offense, age, risk category, mental health status and behavior while under CDCR supervision. "A major goal for CDCR and for other public safety officials is to prevent offenders from victimizing again after their release from incarceration," said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. "Even a slight drop in the overall percentage can equate to thousands of inmates who have not returned to prison and likely prevented victimization of countless citizens. Reducing recidivism has been a primary goal for our agency, and this report shows that progress is being made."
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Title Annotation:News Briefs
Publication:Corrections Compendium
Article Type:Geographic overview
Date:Jun 22, 2011
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