Approximately two million adults are incarcerated in state prisons and local jails, costing U.S. taxpayers more than $75 billion each year. The vast majority of these individuals eventually return to their home communities. In fact, each year nearly 700,000 individuals are released from state prisons; millions more cycle through local jails. Nationally, two out of every three people released from state prisons are rearrested for a new offense and about half are reincarcerated within three years. When reentry fails, the societal and economic costs are high. Reducing recidivism – a central goal of the Reentry Council – is critical for increasing long-term public safety and lowering corrections costs.
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