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The High Cost of Recidivism

SPACThis publication from the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) examines data on recidivism in the state of Illinois. The brief updates the SPAC’s 2015 High Cost of Recidivism report; similar to regular updating of financial reports on economic activity or investments, this update incorporates new trends and improved methodology to provide a more accurate and current picture of the high costs of recidivism in Illinois. The brief describes the key findings and costs, how those costs accumulate over time, and how evidence-based policies and practices can help reduce recidivism such that the benefits outweigh the costs.