Recidivism Rate Law and Legal Definition

Recidivism rate refers to the relative number of prisoners who, after being released, return to prison or jail because they have committed another crime.

The following is an example of a case law on recidivism rate:

Probationers' recidivism rate is significantly higher than the general crime rate. Non-violent offenders might have higher recidivism rates than the general population. Recidivism rates vary with factors like the offender's age and type of conviction, the high likelihood that non-violent offenders will re-offend. [Banks v. United States, 490 F.3d 1178, 1191 (10th Cir. 2007)].