WELL READ THE FOLLOWING:
From a 2014 study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
*** About two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years.
*** Within 5 years of release, 82.1% of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 76.9% of drug offenders, 73.6% of public order offenders, and 71.3% of violent offenders.
*** More than a third (36.8%) of all prisoners who were arrested within 5 years of release were arrested within the first 6 months after release, with more than half (56.7%) arrested by the end of the first year.
That is because violent offenders spend more time incarcerated compared to other offenders and therefore do not have the same opportunity to commit new crimes. Incarceration has well known incapacitating effects.
Yet even when they are released, almost three quarters of violent offenders will commit new crimes, often violent crimes – as the BJS study shows. And that matters. To have your car stolen is frustrating; to be raped, beaten or murdered is to have your dignity, your humanity, even your life taken away.