Felons released from prison are committing new crimes at roughly the same rate they did before Gov. Jerry Brown switched their supervision to county probation, but a new report says repeat offenses are up.
The study, released by the state corrections department Thursday, holds that there is "very little difference between the one-year arrest and conviction rates of offenders released pre- and post-Realignment." That was the message highlighted in a press statement from the corrections department.
The press office chose not to highlight a study finding that repeat offenses increased during the short-term study, and that offenders are much more likely than in the past to be arrested for a felony. The felony rate rose from 34.6% to 42.5% after realignment.
The study, of 37,000 offenders released from state prisons between October 2011 and March 2012, showed that almost 59% of those released from prison were arrested within a year for a new crime. That compares with 62% of the 52,000 offenders released from prison in the same six-month period a year before.