An excellent, must read post from the Crime & Consequences blog regarding the strategically incorrect—in terms of public safety—proposed early release of drug offenders.

An excerpt.

In the jumble of faux-refined “analysis” the Justice Department presented to the Sentencing Commission in speaking up for the interests of criminals broad retroactive application of more lenient drug guidelines, it buried the main question: What do drug traffickers do after their release?

The Department itself told us, ever so quietly, back in April: They go right back in business. Here’s the BJS report, which begins:

“An estimated two-thirds (68 percent) of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters (77 percent) were arrested within five years, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

“More than a third (37 percent) of prisoners who were arrested within five years of release were arrested within the first six months after release, with more than half (57 percent) arrested by the end of the first year.”

As to drug offenders specifically, you have to read down to the seventh paragraph, which states (emphasis added):

“Recidivism rates varied with the attributes of the inmate. Prisoners released after serving time for a property offense were the most likely to recidivate. Within five years of release, 82 percent of property offenders were arrested for a new crime, compared to 77 percent of drug offenders…”

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