LANSING – The number of Michigan offenders who are re-incarcerated within three years of their release has reached its lowest recorded level.
The Michigan Department of Corrections announced Tuesday, Feb. 13 that the state’s recidivism rate has dropped to 28.1 percent, a metric that places Michigan among the top 10 when it comes to low state recidivism rates.
In 2017, Michigan’s recidivism rate was 29.8 percent, which was the second lowest level since the state began recording the three-year rates. The state’s lowest recidivism rate previously came in 2014 when 29 percent of offenders returned to prison.
Recidivism in Michigan has hovered around 30 percent in recent years but has seen a sharp drop from 1998 when the rate was 45.7 percent.
“Our communities are safer when we give offenders the tools they need to become successful and productive members of society,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington in a statement.
“The department has made it a priority to provide high-quality education, training and support to offenders returning to our neighborhoods, and Michigan’s declining recidivism rates show these efforts are working.”
Offenders can be returned to prison for committing new crimes, or for violating the conditions of their parole. The current figures represent individuals who were released from prison in 2014.