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Recidivism Studies

Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Outcomes

Correctional Industries Preparing Inmates for Re-Entry: Recidivism & Post-Release Employment

National Report, Published 05/10/06
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State Report For Iowa, Published 09/30/05
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Additional statistics and information on recidivism in Iowa can be found on the Iowa Department of Corrections website.


  • Approximately 8,000 offenders are incarcerated in Iowa's prisons.
  • Over 95% of these offenders will re-enter society.
  • An unemployed ex-offender is four times more likely to return to prison than one that is employed.