Recividism Rates

Among the 22,095 inmates who were released from Illinois prisons in 1996, 8,916 ended up back in prison by the end of 1999–”a 40.4 percent recidivism rate. And drug offenders in Cook County posted a 42.8 percent recidivism rate, compared to 25.7 percent for offenders in Illinois’ 101 other counties.

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