As reported by Delaware Online, with a hat tip to Crime & Consequences.

An excerpt from Delaware Online:

Nearly eight in 10 Delaware inmates sentenced to more than a year in prison are arrested again for a serious offense within three years of their release, according to a first-of-its-kind state study.

The 27-page report, Recidivism in Delaware, also found that 71 percent of released prisoners are convicted of a serious crime within three years, and that 68 percent return to prison for at least one day. The report was released today.

Conducted by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the report was a necessary initial step to evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s justice system, including the programs available to prisoners while behind bars or after being freed.

“These are people who have been sentenced to a year or more in prison, the more serious offenders, and we expected them to be the highest recidivists,’’ said Drewry N. Fennell, the criminal justice council’s executive director.

“It really gives us a baseline against which to measure our successes in the future. And our failures. And to know whether we are spending our time and money well in ways that really do enhance communities that people are going back to, as well as enhancing the lives of people who have been incarcerated. We don’t want to invest in things that don’t do that.’’