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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. CDCR’s primary measure of recidivism has changed over time. Beginning with the Recidivism Report for Offenders Released in Fiscal Year 2011-12, 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 Recidivism Report series was previously referred to as the Outcome Evaluation series.
The Recidivism Report for Offenders Released in Fiscal Year 2014-15 includes recidivism rates, the type of recidivism, and a discussion of select recidivism topics. The Appendix to the Recidivism Report presents detailed conviction rate data by offender demographics and characteristics.