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Recidivism on the Emerald Isle

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Tom Brady reports for the Irish Independent:

Four of five jailed burglars commit crime again within three years of being released from prison.

Burglars top the table of recidivist offenders in a study compiled by the Irish Prison Service and the Central Statistics Office.
The full report is here.

The actual rate of new offenses is higher than the study's definition of recidivism, which is:

For this report, a re-offender is defined as an individual who committed a recorded offence within three years of prison release date; and who is subsequently convicted in court proceedings. For example, if a person is released on December 31st 2007, and committed an offence on the December 30th 2010, they would be considered as having re-offended within three years if the court proceedings lead to a conviction....

Court proceedings leading to a conviction do not include those cases where appeals are pending.
In other words, a new crime is not counted if the perpetrator is not caught or not convicted or has an appeal pending at the time of data collection.

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"Four of five jailed burglars commit crime again within three years of being released from prison."

At least recidivist burglars in the Emerald Isle do time in prison after committing each burglary.

With "realignment" in place in the Golden State, in many cases, serial burglars are permitted to ply their trade without ever having to see the inside of a prison.

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