Statistics

Here you can find various statistics relevant to Corrections, Recidivism, etc. When possible, we post links to where the statistics have been found making it easy for you to check our sources.

Recidivism
The definition of recidivism from U.S Law Encyclopedia: The behavior of a repeat or habitual criminal. A measurement of the rate at which offenders commit other crimes, either by arrest or conviction baselines, after being released from incarceration.

The national recidivism rate in the United States is 67.5 percent according to information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics
Recidivism is when an individual released from prison re-offends and returns to prison. It is the most accurate internationally comparable measurement of how successful a particular correctional system is. To evaluate the US system, let's compare recidivism rates in some other countries:
Sweden's national recidivism rate is 35 percent (Source).
According to a report from The Japan Times, Japan reached an all-time high recidivism rate in 2006, 38,8 percent (Article in The Japan Times).
Here (Article) is a very well written article about recidivism rates in Finland during 1993-2001, covering a wide variety of specific population groups. The article is in English.
Canada's recidivism rate is roughlt 35 percent for men and 20 percent for women (Study Canadian Recidivism - PDF).
Information about recidivism and other prison related statistics for Nebraska is available at Nebraska Department of Correctional Services web site.

Nebraska Correctional Statistics
As of November 2007, there are 4,392 inmates incarcerated in Nebraska's ten state prison. Of these, 420 - or 9.6 percent - are female. 90.4 percent - or 3,972 - are male.
The average length of stay in Nebraska prisons is 1.84 years, or 22.12 months.

Incarceration Rate
Another popular measuring tool to compare various Correctional systems is the incarceration rate. The comparisons are done per 100,000 inhabitants, so the size of a specific nation's population in relation to a larger or smaller country have no statistical value.
The following rates are from a study by the British Home Office and The Council of Europe from 2001 (Study).
Austria incarcerates 87 people per 100,000 population
Denmark incarcerates 58 people per 100,000 population
Greece incarcerates 76 people per 100,000 population
Lithuania incarcerates 273 people per 100,000 population
Russia incarcerates 673 people per 100,000 population
Sweden incarcerates 69 people per 100,000 population
Australia incarcerates 116 people per 100,000 population
Canada incarcerates 101 people per 100,000 population
USA incarcerates 689 people per 100,000 population