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    Oregon Recidivism Analysis Reports

  • May 2017
  • November 2016
  • May 2016
  • November 2015
  • May 2015

  • Sum​mary

    Historically, recidivism in Oregon has been tracked with a single definition: a new felony conviction within three years of release for incarceration or imposition of probation.  Criminal justice stakeholders are well versed in this recidivism definition, and some are in the habit of referencing a single recidivism number from memory based on the latest recidivism analysis.  The new definition essentially provides three measures of recidivism, and a richer context for recidivism analysis.  Developing the analysis necessary to report recidivism using this new definition requires the merging of multiple criminal justice data systems on a scale never achieved before in Oregon. 

    This report is released twice a year in a series of comprehensive statewide analysis using the definition of adult recidivism in HB 3194 (codified in ORS 423.557).  The most recent data available is included, and the statewide recidivism analysis is provided in this report.  In addition, the CJC has released an interactive and online data dashboard to present the recidivism analyses.  This data dashboard includes many different filters and breakouts of the recidivism data, including results by gender, age, race, county, and risk-to-recidivate level.  This dashboard is available to criminal justice stakeholders and members of the public as an interactive and online data sharing tool to provide recidivism analysis results. 

    Many factors can impact recidivism rates such as law enforcement resources and other criminal justice system resources, the risk profile of individuals in the system, changing emphasis on arrests or prosecutions, as well as the use of evidence based programs.  This analysis does not attempt to explain why recidivism rates have changed over time, but simply displays the recidivism rates for offenders released from incarceration or sentenced to felony probation statewide. 

    This analysis shows the current statewide rates of recidivism:

    For those released from prison or from a felony jail sentence in the first six months of 2014:

    18% were re-incarcerated for a new felony crime within three years of release,

    41% were convicted of a new misdemeanor or felony crime within three years of release, and

    55% were arrested for a new crime within three years of release. 

    For those who started a felony probation sentence in the first six months of 2014:

    14% were incarcerated for a new felony crime within three years,

    44% were convicted of a new misdemeanor or felony crime within three years, and

    50% were arrested for a new crime within three years.

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