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The number of inmates returning to prison a year after their release has decreased.

The number of inmates returning to prison a year after their release has decreased. California corrections officials speculated that the reason was expanded parolee and prisoner programs, changes in the law, and better community-based services for ex-convicts, according to the Los Angles Times.

The one-year recidivism rate has been dropping since 1997 when it was 45 percent; the new data shows recidivism occured in just over 38 percent of cases of the 55,000 parolees released in 2003. Acting Corrections Secretary Jeanne Woodford said they are heading in the right direction and she hopes to reduce recidivism another 10 percent by 2010.

The data does not give insight into the level of crime committed by returning offenders. California researchers calculate the recidivism rate by tracking felons paroled in a calendar year and calculating the ratio of those who have been retuned to custody over a one-year and two-year period. In the calculation there is no distinction between offenders who commit new felonies and those who violate their parole.
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Title Annotation:Inter Alia
Author:Leone, Lisa
Publication:Corrections Compendium
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:May 1, 2006
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