CSAC Bulletin Article

CDCR Recidivism Report Finds Recidivism Rates Drop

February 15, 2024

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) published its latest Recidivism Report for Individuals Released From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Fiscal Year 2018-19, discovering that a lower number of individuals released from prison commit new offenses. The data indicated a decline in the recidivism rate for individuals in fiscal year 2018-19 declined by 2.7 percent compared to the previous year, to 41.9 percent.

The report, covering the second year of data since the passage of Proposition 57, reveals that individuals who earned credits through participation and completion of rehabilitative programs experienced lower recidivism rates. Particularly, individuals with any form of programming credit exhibited significantly lower conviction rates compared to those without enhanced credit earnings (39.2 percent versus 45.6 percent).

The latest report provides the latest available recidivism information, examining 36,086 people released from CDCR custody in FY 2018-19. The COVID-19 pandemic, active during the final two years of the three-year follow-up period, led to changes to statewide crime rates (see: 2022 Crime in California Report), court closures, the shift of court proceedings to electronic/remote proceedings, and the temporary suspension of intakes and transfers to CDCR. These factors likely influenced all three measures of recidivism which are developed to utilize a three-year follow-up period, and analyze a cohort’s arrests, convictions and returns to prison.

For additional information and a copy of the report, please click here.

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