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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Re-Arrest Rates

A review by the Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) suggested that the department include re-arrest rates in addition to recidivism rates in this report.  The Bureau of Research and Data Analysis worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) to match arrest records to the release cohorts used in the recidivism calculation (all of the arrests occurred in Florida, and the lack of a post-release arrest record in Florida’s Computerized Criminal History database does not mean that the inmate wasn’t arrested post-release in another state).

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) maintains Florida’s Computerized Criminal History (CCH) files which contain arrest information submitted by Florida law enforcement agencies via fingerprint cards or Livescan as well as judicial and custody information submitted by the Clerks of Court and the Department of Corrections, respectively.  Note that CCH data are continually updated and arrest/judicial records are subject to change as additional information are received and entered.  Caution should be used in comparing individual categories as these may be impacted by events whose records have not yet been added to the database.

Defining Re-Arrest

Re-arrest is defined as any arrest after release from prison.  The arrest could result in a new conviction, a violation of post-prison supervision, or any other disposition. The follow-up periods (typically reported as three years) are calculated from prison release date to the date of arrest.

Release Year Follow-up Period
12 Months 24 Months 36 Months
Arrested after Release Total Released Re-Arrest Rate Arrested after Release Total Released Re-Arrest Rate Arrested after Release Total Released Re-Arrest Rate
2008 14,736 33,552 43.9% 19,784 33,552 59.0% 22,211 33,552 66.2%
2009 14,410 33,832 42.6% 19,607 33,832 58.0% 22,066 33,832 65.2%
2010 13,316 32,354 41.2% 18,279 32,354 56.5% 20,685 32,354 63.9%
2011 12,595 31,683 39.8% 17,602 31,683 55.6% 20,111 31,683 63.5%
2012 11,394 30,462 37.4% 30,462 30,462 53.6% 18,708 30,462 61.4%

Changing Re-Arrest Rates

The annual release cohorts have shown decreases in five-year re-arrest rates. The declining trend in the re-arrest rates during the recent years is consistent with the Florida statewide decrease in the arrest numbers for the past years. Please refer to http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/Data-Statistics/UCR-Arrest-Data.aspx for more information about the statewide arrest numbers.  

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