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Ex-convicts returning to prison declining in Ohio

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:59 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The rate at which Ohio ex-convicts are being sent back to prison has been going down, to well below national rates.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the recidivism rate for Ohio was 28.7 percent in 2009. That’s the last year that statistics are available, because the rate measures the number of inmates returned to prison within three years.

However, the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says its internal tracking indicates that the trend is continuing.

The rate in 2003 was 39.5 percent. Cutting the rate is good news for taxpayers. Besides meaning there are fewer crimes, there lower return rate saves some $14 million a year.

One expert says Ohio has done a good job in programs for inmates and in its assessments.