And we needed a study to tell us this?

From WTOP: Study: Inmates Likely to Return After Release:

A state study shows a large number of inmates released from prison end up back behind bars.

No d’uh.

I could have told you that for free…

The study presented to the Virginia State Crime Commission says of the inmates entering the system, 42 percent have been in prison before and nearly half violated probation.

Barry Green, interim deputy secretary of public safety, says the Virginia Department of Corrections’ budget topped $1 billion for the first time this year. One way of controlling the costs would be to keep fewer released offenders from returning.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

Virginia’s rate at which released prisoners return to prison within three years is 29 percent. Green says while the number appears high, it is the eighth lowest among the 30 states that rank the statistic by that definition.

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