Last month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission released a new report regarding recidivism rates among federal offenders. The report is based on a study of over 32,000 offenders who were U.S. citizens released during 2010 and who had not been reported dead, escaped, or detained.
Among the key findings, the Commission found that the recidivism rate between 2005 and 2010 had not changed significantly, despite the Supreme Court’s opinion in Booker which allowed judges to sentence defendants outside the Advisory Guidelines. The Commission found that age and criminal history category were strongly associated with re-offending, with older offenders and offenders with less criminal history points having significantly lower risks of re-offending.
The report also includes a detailed breakdown in recidivism risk among defendants based on their criminal history, age, type of offense, and other variables.
Click here to read the Commission’s report.