"Criminal history data from the FBI and state record repositories to study recidivism patterns of various offenders, including persons on probation or discharged from prison. The latest study of state prisoners estimated the recidivism patterns of about 400,000 persons released from state prisons in 30 states in 2005."
The Office of Programs and Re-Entry is committed to leadership in rehabilitative programs that support the improvement and readiness of lives in our custody. By employing evidence-driven strategies, the Office of Programs and Re-Entry increases security and public safety by providing programming for productive learning, positively transforming behaviors, and teaching pro-social skills that assists with re-integration into communities.
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) hosts several large-scale datasets, including the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN).
"Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide." (Public Access)
The Prison Policy Initiative has attempted to curate research about reentry and recidivism available online. Readers looking for recidivism data should note that relying too much on rates of recidivism (as opposed to other indicators of success after prison) can result in incomplete conclusions, because recidivism data is skewed by inconsistencies in policing, charging, and supervision. Furthermore, perfect outcomes are often difficult-to-impossible for people leaving incarceration, as evidenced by the overwhelming prevalence of homelessness, unemployment, and poverty among formerly incarcerated people.