Outcome Evaluation Reports (Recidivism)

Since 1998 the CDCR has reported outcomes (recidivism) of offenders released from CDCR adult institutions. The CDCR’s primary measure of recidivism has changed over time and is noted below.


Outcome Evaluation Reports

Offenders released during a given fiscal year from a CDCR adult institution are followed for a three-year follow-up period. CDCR reports arrests, convictions, and returns to prison. Beginning with the 2016 Outcome Evaluation Report, the CDCR’s primary measure of recidivism is the three-year conviction rate. The three-year conviction rate is reported by offender demographics (e.g. race, age) and characteristics (e.g. commitment offense, length of stay). Arrests and returns to prison are provided as supplemental measures of recidivism.

The 2011 through 2015 Outcome Evaluation Reports use the three-year return-to-prison rate as the primary measure of recidivism. The three-year return-to-prison rate is reported by offender demographics (e.g. race, age) and characteristics (e.g. commitment offense, length of stay). Arrests and convictions are provided as supplemental measures of recidivism.


Offender Outcome Tables

Prior to the 2010 Outcome Evaluation Report, the CDCR provided one-, two- and three-year return-to-prison data, by commitment offense, for offenders released from CDCR adult institutions during a given calendar year. One- and two-year rates are provided for offenders released between 1998 and 2006. Three-year rates are provided for offenders released between 2000 and 2005.

 

Two-Year Follow-Up Period, by Commitment Offense

Three-Year Follow-Up Period, by Commitment Offense