State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons
April 14, 2011
This report from the PEW Center for the States evaluated national prison recidivism rates and found New Jersey to be among a small group of states making progress in reducing prison recidivism rates. Six states, (Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, and Utah) reduced their rates of recidivism by more than 10 percent. New Jersey reduced its recidivism rate by 11.4 percent between 1999 and 2007. The report also found that New Jersey had reduced its crime rate at the same time it was reducing its incarceration rate.