Fewer inmates who leave Ohio’s prisons are ending up back behind bars.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reports the three-year offender recidivism rate is at just under 29 percent, down from a little over 31 percent. That’s a record low. Prisons director Gary Mohr says he looks at that number a little differently.
Mohr: "A much better way to depict that is 70.3 percent of the people that were released from prison have not returned again, and the longer they're out the less chance they are to come back."
The national average is 43 percent.
Mohr credits new programming in prisons, greater use of community diversion alternatives and changing attitudes on second chances for ex-cons.
Of all the inmates released in the last three years, nearly 24 percent of inmates ended up back behind bars because of new felony convictions, while around 4 and a half percent returned because of parole violations