Recidivism refers to the tendency to relapse into criminal activity after a first conviction. Recidivists are also known as repeat offenders.
The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population yet holds 25% of the world’s prisoners. In Georgia, our incarceration rate is 31% higher than the national average with 53,000 people behind bars. 40% of Georgians have a criminal record. We also lead the nation with over 200,000 people on probation which is 321% higher than the national average. In Georgia, 2 out of 3 people released from prison are rearrested within three years. Our state’s recidivism rate is close to 50 percent. Click here to learn more about the impact of recidivism.
What is RED?
RED is a 501(c)3 non-profit and restorative justice organization. We are dedicated to keeping people out of the criminal justice system — permanently — through programs that enhance the social, financial and civic literacy of nonviolent youths referred to court.