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Recidivism Reports

Referral-Based Recidivism

The Referral-Based Recidivism reports include statewide and county-specific measures of recidivism based on the measurement of criminal activity as a gauge of community safety.

The report selects youth who had a criminal referral in a calendar year and tracks them for the following 12 months. In order to track all youth who had a referral for a full 12-month period, the report requires complete referral data through December 31 of the following year.

The definition of recidivism for this report:  “As a measure of public safety, recidivism is defined as a new criminal referral. 
A criminal referral is a law enforcement report to a juvenile department alleging one or more felony or misdemeanor acts (offenses).” 

The 36-Month Recidivism Report selects youth who had a criminal referral in a given year and tracks them for the following 36 months. 

More details are available in the front matter of each report.

OYA's Research and Evaluation Unit compiles and analyzes data on recidivism rates of various cohorts of OYA youth. 

Tracking recidivism supports the OYA’s mission by measuring the extent to which agency services have been able to protect the public. In addition, reporting the recidivism measure reflects the agency’s values of excellence in public service, openness, and accountability to the public. 

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