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  • California’s Changing Definition of Recidivism

    Posted Oct 17th, 2014 By in Criminal Law, Prisons, realignment With | Comments Off on California’s Changing Definition of Recidivism

    Recidivism is when ex-cons are convicted of new crimes, within a certain frame of time from their first conviction. Based on a 2013 report from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation the total three-year recidivism rate for all felons released is 61%.  The percent is declining from previous years, however, it is still one of the highest rates in the country. This could change with the Attorney General Kamala Harris’ new definition of recidivism and data-driven way of tracking it.

    California’s attorney general has released a statewide definition of recidivism — a term used for ex-cons who commit new crimes — that conflicts with one being developed by a corrections-related board overseen by Gov. Jerry Brown.

    The disagreement is important because it will help determine whether the governor’s sweeping changes to the criminal justice system are considered a success. The emerging conflict also has the potential to create confusion among California’s local law enforcement agencies.

    Attorney General Kamala Harris sent district attorneys, probation chiefs and local law enforcement agencies her proposed statewide definition Thursday.

    She wants to count any ex-convict who is charged with a new felony or misdemeanor within three years of release for a previous offense. She also is unveiling a new data collection system based on her definition.

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