Released Sex Offenders Were Three Times as Likely as Other Released Prisoners to be Re-Arrested for a Sex Offense

May 30, 2019

State prisoners released after serving time for rape or sexual assault were more than three times as likely as other released prisoners to be re-arrested for rape or sexual assault during the 9 years following their release, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

Released sex offenders represented 5% of prisoners released in 2005 and 16% of post-release arrests for rape or sexual assault during the 9-year follow-up period.

The BJS study tracked a representative sample of prisoners released in 2005 in the 30 states that were responsible for 77% of all state prisoners released nationwide and examined their arrests through 2014. An estimated 7.7% of released sex offenders were arrested for rape or sexual assault during the 9-year follow up period, versus 2.3% of other released prisoners.

While rape and sexual assault offenders were more likely than other released prisoners to be arrested for rape or sexual assault, they were less likely than other released prisoners to be arrested for other crimes. About two-thirds (67%) of released sex offenders were arrested at least once for any type of crime during the 9 years following their release, compared to about five-sixths (84%) of other released prisoners. Almost all prisoners who were re-arrested (96% of released sex offenders and 99% of all released offenders) were arrested for an offense other than a probation or parole violation.

This is BJS’s first recidivism study on sex offenders with a 9-year follow-up period. Fewer than half of released sex offenders were arrested for any crime within the first 3 years of release, while more than two-thirds were arrested within 9 years.

About 3 in 10 released sex offenders were arrested during their first year after release. About 1 in 5 were arrested during their fifth year after release, and nearly 1 in 6 were arrested during their ninth year.

During the first 3 years after release, 5% of sex offenders were arrested for any crime outside of the state that released them. After 9 years following release, the percentage arrested out of state had increased to 11%.

Overall, half of sex offenders released from prison had a subsequent arrest that led to a conviction. However, sex offenders were less likely than all released prisoners to have a new arrest resulting in a conviction. Within 3 years of release, 28% of persons released after serving a sentence for rape or sexual assault had an arrest that led to a conviction, compared to 49% of all released prisoners. At the end of the 9-year follow-up, 50% of sex offenders and 69% of all released prisoners had a new arrest that led to a conviction.

Sex offenders were more likely than other released prisoners to receive longer sentences and to be granted unconditional releases from prison. The median sentence length for sex offenders was 60 months versus 36 months for all state prisoners released in 30 states in 2005. About 32% of sex offenders were granted an unconditional release and not placed on parole, probation or some other form of community supervision. About 26% of all released prisoners were granted an unconditional release.

To conduct the analyses in this report, prisoner records were obtained from state departments of corrections through BJS’s National Corrections Reporting Program, and criminal-history records were obtained through requests to the FBI’s Interstate Identification Index and state repositories via the International Justice and Public Safety Network.

The report, Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-14) (NCJ 251773), was written by BJS statisticians Mariel Alper and Matthew R. Durose. The report, related documents and additional information about BJS’s statistical publications and programs are available on the BJS website at www.bjs.gov.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Jeffrey H. Anderson is the director.

13 Responses to Released Sex Offenders Were Three Times as Likely as Other Released Prisoners to be Re-Arrested for a Sex Offense

  1. Tea Bag King on May 30, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Filed under the title “No S#!t”

    • Wiggy on May 30, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Took the words out of my mouth.

  2. Chris on May 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Well duh. They are sick in the head and that’s pretty d*mn hard to rehabilitate.

  3. Anonymous on May 30, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So, don’t ever release people convicted of rape or sexual assault.

    Problem solved.

  4. Anonymous on May 30, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Start castrating them and these numbers will go down. Execute them and there would be no recidivism among sex offenders. Like I have said before, pedophiles and sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated.

  5. Shocking turn of events on May 30, 2019 at 10:49 am

    You mean a “Sex Offender” is more likely to be “re-arrested” for a sex offense??? No way. Seriously, you cant be “re-arrested” for a sex offense unless you had previously been arrested for a sex offense. So its pretty safe to say that 100% of released sex offenders that were arrested for a sex offense were “re-arrested” for a sex offense…

    Maybe what they should say is that sex offenders are 3 times more likely to commit the same offense they were incarcerated for…

    But to the larger point, this study shows that its the individuals that are the problem. Not the system. The people that end up in prison for committing crimes, almost entirely, cant be rehabilitated. “99% of all released offenders were arrested for an offense other than a probation or parole violation”. You can either follow the law or you cant. These people cant. Thats reality. People that cant behave arent going to learn how to behave just because they were incarcerated and then released from incarceration. You are what you are.

  6. Anon on May 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Paedophiles are the worst offender. They should be monitored and tracked after release.

    • Anonymous on May 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Only if they track them with a device inserted in their testicles that explodes when they reoffend. Not a huge explosion, just enough to scramble both of their eggs and toast their wiener. These people are defective and not even the threat of jail will stop them from their twisted perversions.

      • Chester T Molester on May 31, 2019 at 12:15 pm

        Oh snap. How come we never hear from the “addiction is a disease” crowd about the pedos? Maybe being a pedo is a disease, and we need to hold their hand, and make excuses for them, and justify their actions. They didnt touch kids cuz they liked it, it was the disease that made them do it… LMFAO. Oh well. You cant rehabilitate them. Thats painfully obvious. You cant use a tracker on them, cuz that isnt going to prevent anything, you’ll just know where they are when they diddle their nephews/nieces/step kids/etc.

    • Harry Callahan on May 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      Yeah, we could track ’em by their tombstones.

  7. Anonymous on June 3, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I bet repeat heroin users is higher after getting Narcan.

  8. Derek Logue of OnceFallen.com on June 4, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    This article is a misrepresentation of a fault statistic within the DoJ study.

    The actual reoffense rate among those on the registry is less than 1% annually. Instead, they inflate the numbers like this to scare people into believing there is far more recidivism than there is in reality.

    Here are numbers from an older version of this study for perspective:

    US Department of Justice, “Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released into the Community in 1994.”
    9,641 SOs released, 262,420 non-SOs released in same 15 states in 1994
    517 sex offenders (5.3%) were arrested for a sex crime within 3 years;
    3,228 non-sex offenders (1.3%) were arrested for a sex crime in same 3 years

  9. Harry Callahan on June 5, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Says the sex offender. We don’t need their statistics or yours.
    If you molest a child or are a rapist you should be on the death registry. If the courts are gonna let you live, you’re DAMN RIGHT we should know where the hell you creeps live. If you are Derek Logue or someone like him, you can take your statistics and your website that advocates for pedo rights and abolishment of the pedo registry and shove them up your ass…sideways. You should be more repentant and want to err on the side of public safety than whine and bitch
    about the inconveniences of the registry which is a small price to
    pay after they not only let them live but released them back among
    us after the horrific crimes committed by sex offenders. Peddle your bullshi# elsewhere.