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Bureau of Justice Statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005.[1] The researchers found that:

1 YEAR
Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year

3 YEARS
Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested

5 YEARS
Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested

PROPERTY OFFENDERS
Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders.