Recidivism Rate by State

How to keep ex-inmates out of prison is a golden question that all 50 states have been juggling to answer for decades. The yet untamed rate of recidivism, which refers to an individual’s return to criminal activity after a release, is costing the U.S. taxpayers at least a trillion dollars every year, equivalent to about 5% of the country’s GDP. Although the national incarceration rate has been on a downtrend since 2010, and most states are downsizing their prisons, more than half of ex-inmates end up relapsing within three years of their release.

Congress hasn’t taken a backseat to fighting recidivism. To curtail prison population growth and combat one of the most repeated crimes — drugs, lawmakers in 2010 enacted a law that eliminates the minimum prison term for first-time drug offenders. Eight years later, another law was passed to optimize federal rehabilitative programs and other activities designed to help prepare prisoners for a post-jail life. Then Congress in 2020 decided to help fund any level of government entities or nonprofits providing services to those who are prone to recidivate due to mental illness or substance-use disorders.

Despite the high-level efforts to reduce the recidivism rate and thus depopulate the prisons, the cost of running local jails has been on a steady rise. Meanwhile, a statistical study shows more Americans believe the criminal justice system needs to prioritize punishing criminals rather than  invest more money into rehabilitative programs.

What Is Recidivism?

Recidivism is when a person who has committed a criminal offense and has been convicted of repeating a crime or reoffending after already receiving punishment or serving a sentence. The term “recidivism” is primarily used in regard to substance abuse and criminal behavior, but also in medicine where the term “recidivism” is a synonym of the word “relapse”.

Recidivism Rate

Recidivism rates are a useful tool that many nations make use of. The rating enables governments, civil advocacy groups, and others, to calculate the number of convicted individuals who re-offend and re-enter the prison system. This information can be particularly helpful to amend the penal system accordingly and how to rehabilitate inmates better to prevent them from reoffending, even the strengthening of systems outside of prison to help inmates reintegrate into the general population. The recidivism rate can differ substantially depending on what laws the said state implements. For instance, some states, like Arkansas, who count re-arrests within a three-year period in the total states recidivism rate, leads to Arkansas having a higher recidivism rate than other states that do not count re-arrests within a three-year period.

Recidivism Rates in the US

Recidivism rates in the U.S. are some of the highest in the world with almost 44% of criminals released returning to prison within their first year out. Different states in the U.S. have different ways in which they measure recidivism, one being the aforementioned Arkansas. States not only differ in how measurements of recidivism are carried out but also in how the state rehabilitates inmates and how much support they receive while reintegrating society. This plays an important role in lowering recidivism rates. The state of Arizona for example, which has a recidivism rate of 36.3%, has sought to provide people who have been convicted of certain crimes to seek a Certificate of Second Chance that assists and improves the individual’s chances of attaining housing and employment.

Learn for yourself how states compare to one another in terms of their recidivism rate by surveying the data in the charts.

Recidivism Rate by State

Alabama

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28.7%

#9 in the US

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25,328

#14 in the US

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10,266

#21 in the US

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50,997

#21 in the US

Recidivism rates in Alabama are 28.7%, which positions the state at number 9. It has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country despite facing an important prison crisis, with a prison homicide rate ten times the national average. The state made legal changes in the punishment for technical violations of parole in 2012, whereas before 2010 such violations resulted in automatic revocation of parole and return to prison after legislation was put in place, automatic revocation was ended and the number of admitted technical violators dropped.

Alaska

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61.6%

#42 in the US

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4,578

#41 in the US

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1,348

#44 in the US

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2,074

#51 in the US

The recidivism rates in Alaska are at 62.6%, the highest in the United States. It is ranked 42 out of all the 50 states. Therefore, state officials have been trying to correct this with bills such as Senate Bill 91, and the late 2017 Senate Bill 54, which put pre-trial risk assessments in place, among other things. These bills have already had an impact, with re-offending by low-risk individuals who are supervised dropping as a consequence.

Arizona

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36.3%

#19 in the US

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37,731

#7 in the US

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7,536

#23 in the US

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76,844

#15 in the US

Recidivism rates in Arizona are 36.3%, state officials have passed legislation such as HB 2067, which allows people who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses in the state to seek a Certificate of Second Chance. It provides them with better employment and housing opportunities. Arizona State hopes this certificate will help reduce the recidivism rate, as employment and housing issues are major contributing factors to people re-offending.

Arkansas

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47.5%

#36 in the US

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16,094

#24 in the US

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24,698

#7 in the US

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36,719

#27 in the US

While most other states do not look at re-arrests, recidivism rates in Arkansas are relatively high at 47.5%, as they count re-arrests within a three-year period. The Natural State has a relatively high recidivism rate in comparison to other states: it is ranked 37. In April 2022, the Arkansas Department of Corrections put forward a proposal, “A Roadmap to Reform”, on how to tackle the recidivism rate in the state. It included providing and improving the educational aspects of state penitentiaries as levels of recidivism decrease with higher levels of education.

Colorado

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44.9%

#33 in the US

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16,168

#22 in the US

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10,759

#19 in the US

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80,537

#13 in the US

The Centennial State has consistently been ranked as having one of the highest recidivism rates in the US: the recidivism rate in Colorado is 44.9% which positions it at number 34. One way Colorado has sought to amend this is by providing inmates with jobs that award them a salary and responsibility to prepare them for life outside prison walls. A piece of legislation, Senate Bill 50, further helped this approach by removing the need for prison labor to be profitable for the state, allowing these work programs to be focused on benefiting those who are incarcerated.

Connecticut

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49%

#38 in the US

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9,559

#30 in the US

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4,452

#31 in the US

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38,668

#26 in the US

Holding position 38, recidivism rates in Connecticut are 49%. In 2022, Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont, signed Public Act 22-18 into law, which expands certain protections to prison inmates. For instance, the law restricts the circumstances in which an inmate can be isolated in solitary confinement, as well as the duration of time. Though it doesn't directly affect the state's recidivism rate, it is a smaller piece of a larger legislative movement that recognizes the humanity of inmates.

Delaware

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60.2%

#41 in the US

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4,710

#40 in the US

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350

#50 in the US

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14,176

#38 in the US

In response to increased recidivism rates in Delaware, with a total of 60.2%, which ranks the state at number 41, efforts have been taken in 2021 and 2022 to “'reform” the criminal justice system within the state, with the hopes of lowering the rate at which criminals return to prison after being released.

Florida

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25.4%

#5 in the US

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81,027

#3 in the US

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4,345

#32 in the US

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205,033

#5 in the US

Recidivism rates in Florida are 25.4%, the state holds one of the lowest percentages in the United States. The Sunshine State is ranked 6. It is in part, thanks to attempts to pass legislation like House Bill 171. This legislation, which ultimately died in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Subcommittee, seeks to help prisoners re-enter society after their prison sentencing has been completed.

Idaho

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36.3%

#20 in the US

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8,171

#33 in the US

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5,267

#29 in the US

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34,392

#30 in the US

The recidivism rates in Idaho among criminal offenders is lower than average: the state is ranked 20 with a recidivism rate of 36.3%. In 2014, former Idaho Governor, C. L. Otter signed a bill into law that was intended, in part, to reduce the recidivism rate in the state by investing $288 million dollars over a span of five years.

Illinois

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38.5%

#23 in the US

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29,729

#11 in the US

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27,185

#6 in the US

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88,927

#12 in the US

The recidivism rates in Illinois are 38.5% and this is the mean recidivism rate throughout the United States. This rate positions the state at number 25. However, it has an exceptionally high prison population which is due, in part, to its overall high population. A report published in 2018 showed that recidivism within the state would cost taxpayers more than $13 billion dollars by the year 2023.

Indiana

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38.2%

#24 in the US

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23,944

#15 in the US

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6,399

#27 in the US

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111,986

#9 in the US

In the Midwest, the recidivism rates in Indiana are 38.2% which puts the state in position 24. Legislation was proposed in the House of Representatives in 2022 that sought to reduce the recidivism rate among juvenile offenders. The legislation aimed at offering juvenile offenders certain types of counseling for mental health and behavioral issues.

Iowa

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38.7%

#25 in the US

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8,307

#32 in the US

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6,652

#25 in the US

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29,137

#32 in the US

Recidivism rates in Iowa are 38.7%, the rate has fallen below the national average as of 2021. As a state, it has a relatively small prison population compared to states such as Indiana and Illinois. Iowa has H.R. 759 of 2016 to thank for this, called the Recidivism Reduction Act.

Kansas

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34.7%

#18 in the US

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8,779

#31 in the US

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5,438

#28 in the US

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16,455

#36 in the US

In comparison to the rest of the country, recidivism rates in Kansas are average: it has a rate of 34.7% and a rank of 18. In 2020, the state formed a specific commission whose goal was to review criminal sentences in order to ensure that they were proportionate to the crime committed. In 2016, Governor Sam Brownback turned Senate Bill 367 into law, which helped to reduce the recidivism rate among juvenile offenders.

Kentucky

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46.4%

#35 in the US

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18,552

#20 in the US

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15,881

#13 in the US

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46,967

#22 in the US

Higher than average, recidivism rates in Kentucky are 46.4%. The Bluegrass State is ranked 35. In 2011, the state government enacted reforms to its criminal justice system in hopes of cutting both the recidivism rate and the costs associated with it. The state set this as a goal, in part, due to Kentucky's higher-than-average recidivism rates.

Louisiana

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29.6%

#10 in the US

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26,964

#13 in the US

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29,321

#5 in the US

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35,025

#29 in the US

Recidivism rates in Louisiana are remarkably low at: 29.6%. In 2017, the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, signed a law that explicitly sought to reduce the recidivism rates within the state. In the past, the state of Louisiana had the highest incarceration rate in the United States, but after the implementation of the aforementioned law, it dropped dramatically.

Maine

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26.3%

#7 in the US

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1,714

#48 in the US

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20

#51 in the US

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6,742

#43 in the US

The Northeastern state has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country: with a recidivism rate in Maine of 26.3%, the state is positioned at number 7. In recent years, the state hasn't implemented any new legislation that specifically seeks to reduce the rate of recidivism within the state due to its relatively low percentage.

Maryland

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40.5%

#28 in the US

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15,623

#26 in the US

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10,338

#20 in the US

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70,248

#17 in the US

Recidivism rates in Maryland are relatively low for that region of the country: it has a rate of 40.5% and is ranked 28. In 2022, a Bill sponsored by Senator Cory V. McCray was intended to reduce the recidivism rate in Baltimore, Maryland, by funneling defendants into an opportunity for job training in certain instances, such as a condition of their parole.

Massachusetts

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33%

#16 in the US

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6,762

#35 in the US

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1,441

#43 in the US

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52,228

#20 in the US

Ranked 8, recidivism rates in Massachusetts are among one of the lowest along the East Coast. The state sees 33% of individuals going back to criminal activity. In 2018, Governor Charles Barker passed a criminal justice reform bill, which was designed to eliminate certain types of mandatory minimum sentencing, heavily restrict the implementation of solitary confinement, and reduce the state's recidivism rate.

Michigan

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26.6%

#8 in the US

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33,617

#9 in the US

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14,479

#15 in the US

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150,338

#7 in the US

In the region, recidivism rates in Michigan are one of the lowest, ranked 8: 26.6% of ex-inmates return to criminal activity. In 2017, the State Senate of Michigan passed a package of 21 bills, some of which were aimed at further reducing the state's recidivism rate. In 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a wide-ranging package of jail reform legislation.

Minnesota

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25%

#6 in the US

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8,148

#34 in the US

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7,381

#24 in the US

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100,076

#10 in the US

Holding position 5, recidivism rates in Minnesota at 25% is one of the lowest recidivism rates across the entire United States. In the Midwest, it has the lowest recidivism rate in the region. In 2021, Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order that was aimed at reducing the recidivism rate in the state.

Mississippi

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36.8%

#21 in the US

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17,577

#21 in the US

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9,866

#22 in the US

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27,294

#33 in the US

Recidivism rates in Mississippi are average at 36.8% which positions the state at number 21. Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 863 in 2022 with the intent of repealing a law that formed a non-profit organization called the Mississippi Prison Industries Corporation (MPIC). The organization was formed to reduce the recidivism rate among prisoners, but it was managed so poorly that it had a less than 1% participation rate and failed to collect data to demonstrate the organization's effect on recidivism.

Missouri

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37.2%

#22 in the US

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23,062

#16 in the US

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19,251

#12 in the US

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43,871

#23 in the US

With a rate of 37.2%, recidivism rates of Missouri are relatively average and positions it at number 22. A unique way that the state is attempting to reduce recidivism within the state is by enacting legislation that will create nurseries within the Missouri Department of Corrections. These nurseries would allow mothers to be with their children born behind bars for a maximum of eighteen months.

Montana

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38.6%

#26 in the US

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3,927

#43 in the US

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1,461

#42 in the US

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9,917

#42 in the US

In spite of having one of the smallest prison populations in the country, recidivism rates in Montana are relatively high: 38.6% of ex-inmates return to criminal activity, and the state is ranked 26. In recent years since 2017, Montana has begun to implement a variety of criminal justice reforms, following the trend of other U.S. states.

Nebraska

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30.2%

#12 in the US

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5,306

#39 in the US

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958

#45 in the US

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14,894

#37 in the US

In this state, 30.2% of ex-prisoners are going back to criminal activity, which positions the state at number 12. Recidivism rates in Nebraska are therefore relatively low in comparison to other states. In 2022, the Western state of Nebraska sought to pass Bill 896 in order to test whether or not its rehabilitation programs would be effective. Ultimately, the legislation instantiated within the Bill would aim to reduce the rate of repeat offenders ending up back in prison after being released.

Nevada

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24.6%

#4 in the US

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11,422

#29 in the US

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6,492

#26 in the US

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13,260

#39 in the US

Recidivism rates in Nevada are one of the lowest in the country: 24.6% of ex-inmate only are returning to criminal activity. The state is ranked 4. In 2019, the Nevada Legislature passed Bill 236 which guaranteed a sweeping reform of the state's prison institution. Included within that legislation was a measure to reduce recidivism within the state.

New Hampshire

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41.5%

#29 in the US

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2,352

#45 in the US

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2,367

#38 in the US

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3,916

#50 in the US

While the Atlantic Coast state has the smallest probation population in the country, recidivism rates in New Hampshire are at 41.5% which is above the national average. The state is positioned at number 30. In 2019, a handful of members of the New Hampshire Congress successfully received a monetary award from the Department of Justice's Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program, which is intended to reduce recidivism specifically for drug-related offenses.

New Jersey

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30.4%

#13 in the US

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12,830

#27 in the US

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14,967

#14 in the US

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131,347

#8 in the US

Although the Garden State has a prison population that is higher than average, recidivism rates in New Jersey (30.4%) are one of the lowest on the Eastern seaboard, meaning that due to the state's large population, it must have many first-time offenders.

New Mexico

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49.1%

#39 in the US

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5,500

#37 in the US

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2,805

#37 in the US

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12,090

#41 in the US

In this state, many ex-inmates return to criminal activity. Indeed, recidivism rates in New Mexico are at 49.1%, which positions the state at number 39. House Bill 564 was passed in 2019 in the state, in part, to attempt to address the rate of recidivism in New Mexico, which is very close to 50%.

New York

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43%

#31 in the US

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34,128

#8 in the US

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45,192

#4 in the US

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94,542

#11 in the US

Recidivism rates in New York are at 43%, the state is ranked 31. In 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of new legislation in an attempt to apply reforms to New York state's criminal justice system. One piece of that legislation, which gives prisoners certificates for good behavior when they're granted an early discharge, is aimed at reducing the state's high recidivism rate.

North Dakota

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41.2%

#30 in the US

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1,401

#49 in the US

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906

#47 in the US

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6,096

#45 in the US

In addition to having the second-lowest prison population of any state, recidivism rates in North Dakota are at 41.2% which is above average – the state is positioned at number 29. Moreover, North Dakota also has some of the lowest probation and parole rates in the United States. In 2019, North Dakota began implementing prison reforms that sought to imitate "Norway's approach" in order to help reduce recidivism rates.

Ohio

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32.7%

#15 in the US

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45,036

#5 in the US

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21,113

#9 in the US

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232,741

#3 in the US

Ranked 15, recidivism rates in Ohio are at 32.7%. Senate Bill 288 was introduced in 2022 in order to help mitigate the chances that released criminals who served their jail sentences would become repeat offenders. One of the bill's top priorities is to prioritize the rehabilitation of the prisoner, in order to reduce rates of recidivism.

Oklahoma

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22.6%

#2 in the US

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22,462

#18 in the US

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1,780

#40 in the US

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41,562

#25 in the US

Holding second place, recidivism rates in Oklahoma are at 22.6% one of the lowest recidivism rates in the United States. In 2022, the state government implemented a prison reform bill. House Bill 4369 explicitly targets recidivism within the state and seeks to reduce the rate at which criminals become second-time offenders.

Pennsylvania

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47.1%

#37 in the US

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39,357

#6 in the US

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109,247

#1 in the US

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178,730

#6 in the US

Along with having the highest overall population of people on parole, recidivism rates in Pennsylvania are at 47.1%, one of the nation’s highest rates (the state is ranked 36). The state has a similarly high prison population and probation population. One of the ways the state has attempted to counter recidivism is by instituting the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive (RRRI), which incentivizes good behavior in exchange for early release and completing programs that aid inmates in transitioning back into society.

Rhode Island

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50%

#40 in the US

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2,227

#46 in the US

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535

#49 in the US

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20,402

#34 in the US

Recidivism rates in Rhode Island are at 50% which places the state at number 40, the Ocean State has one of the highest recidivism rates. However, the actual numbers are low considering the state's small prison population. In 2017, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a package of bills which was referred to as the Justice Reinvestment Act, which aims, in part, to reduce recidivism by providing routes for rehabilitation.

South Carolina

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21%

#1 in the US

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16,157

#23 in the US

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4,980

#30 in the US

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31,975

#31 in the US

Recidivism rates in South Carolina are at 21% which is the lowest of any state within the U.S. The state passed a piece of legislation that was enacted called the South Carolina Reduction of Recidivism Act of 2010.

South Dakota

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44%

#34 in the US

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3,250

#44 in the US

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3,201

#35 in the US

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5,989

#46 in the US

adasdRecidivism rates in South Dakota are at 44%, which positions the state at number 33. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the South Dakota Public Safety Improvement Act (SDPSIA) in 2013 in order to reduce recidivism in the state. The Midwestern state of South Dakota has one of the smallest prison populations in the United States.

Vermont

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43.8%

#32 in the US

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1,284

#50 in the US

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870

#48 in the US

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3,936

#49 in the US

In regard to the recidivism rates in Vermont which are at 43.8%, the state is ranked 32. In 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill that was designed to reform the state's criminal justice system. Part of the bill, Act 148, is specifically directed toward reducing the recidivism rate within the state.

Virginia

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23.3%

#3 in the US

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31,838

#10 in the US

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1,860

#39 in the US

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63,111

#18 in the US

Recidivism rates in Virginia are at 23.3% which is one of the lowest which puts it in third place. In 2022, Governor Glenn Youngkin made an amendment to a previously passed law that would have dramatically reduced prison sentences for inmates who demonstrated good behavior.

Washington

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30.7%

#14 in the US

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15,724

#25 in the US

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12,222

#17 in the US

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76,672

#16 in the US

Holding position 14, recidivism rates in Washington are at 30.7%. A 2021 state Senate Bill, 5121, intended to expand the breadth of Washington state's graduated reentry program. The bill would grant inmates the opportunity to finish the final segment of the reentry program at home under electronic surveillance.

West Virginia

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29.3%

#11 in the US

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6,044

#36 in the US

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4,287

#33 in the US

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6,593

#44 in the US

Across the board, recidivism rates in West Virginia are at 29.3% which is relatively low. The state is ranked 10. In 2013, the state of West Virginia passed Senate Bill 371, which is commonly referred to as the Justice Reinvestment Act. This piece of legislation requires the state to annually invest in different rehabilitation services for inmates in order to reduce the state's level of recidivism.

Wisconsin

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38.1%

#27 in the US

PRISON POPULATIONhelp

20,298

#19 in the US

PAROLE POPULATIONhelp

21,015

#10 in the US

PROBATION POPULATIONhelp

42,909

#24 in the US

In America's Midwest, recidivism rates in Wisconsin are at 38.1%, which positions the state at number 23. The state government presently has statutes on the books that allow relevant departments to "request proposals for a program that reduces the rate of recidivism." The institutions that implement programs intended to reduce recidivism are required to demonstrate the program's results within five years of its implementation.

Wyoming

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33.8%

#17 in the US

PRISON POPULATIONhelp

2,087

#47 in the US

PAROLE POPULATIONhelp

934

#46 in the US

PROBATION POPULATIONhelp

5,383

#48 in the US

Recidivism rates in Wyoming are relatively average in comparison to the rest of the country: with 33.8% of ex-inmates returning to criminal activity, the state is ranked 17. In 2019, the Governor of Wyoming Mark Gordon signed a number of bills into law that are intended to reduce recidivism. The purpose of the Justice Reinvestment Legislation is to decrease the rates of recidivism in the state by at least 25% as soon as 2024.