40% Of Ex-Cons Wind Up Back Behind Bars: Study

Billions of taxpayer dollars go towards rehabilitation programs in prisons, but a study revealed that more than 40% of ex-cons land themselves back behind bars within three years of their release. The Pew Center on the States said that there was only marginal improvement in the nation's recidivism rate, although annual spending increased from $30 billion to $52 billion a decade ago. A Pew press release said that some states had a higher recidivism rate than others; in Alaska, 44.7% of inmates get sent back to prison for a new crime while only 4.7% do in Montana.

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