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Recidivism Programs at a Glance
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Recidivism Practice Outcomes at a Glance
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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.

Corrections & Reentry


Recidivism is the act of relapsing into a problem or criminal behavior during or after receiving sanctions, or while undergoing an intervention due to a previous behavior or crime. In criminal justice settings, recidivism is often measured by criminal acts that result in rearrest, reconviction, or return to prison.



OJP Publications

Juvenile Court Statistics, 2018, NIJ,OJJDP, June 2020

Optimizing Risk & Needs Assessments for State & Local Jurisdictions - NIJ Juvenile Justice Research, NIJ, June 2020
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Recent Changes in Corrections and Reentry: Thoughts From Two Leaders in the Field, NIJ, August 2019
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Stakeholder Statements Submitted in Response to NIJs First Step Act Listening Sessions, NIJ, July 2019

Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released From State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14), BJS, May 2019

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