We want the trend of recidivism rates in Vermont to go down.
The data tell us that the average recidivism rate has remained consistent over time. The fluctuations from year to year do not represent significant differences in the rate. It is common for recidivism rates to remain stable due to the nature of the measure. The goal is for this trend to go down.
The Recidivism rate reflects the average risk level of individuals existing Vermont prisons and reentering the community. The data reports on prisoners (a person sentenced to serve more than one year) released between 2007 and 2015. These prisoners were followed for three years to assess of they had been charged with a new crime or returned to prison for more than 90 days.