Iowa Probation Recidivism

What is Recidivism?

The act of an individual who is supervised in the community being incarcerated within three years for any reason.  The report fiscal year includes those individuals whose three year period ended within the fiscal year identified (July 1 - June 30, labeled after the calendar year in which it ends).

Survival Time

Survival time is the amount of time that has passed from when an individual begins community supervision to when they are incarcerated. 
Research shows most individuals are at the highest risk to be reincarcerated within the first 12 months of community supervision. After three years, the risk of reincarceration becomes much lower.

Breaking Down the Numbers

The data powering this report is updated annually.

DOC Activities to Reduce Recidivism

Align Our Resources

  • Prioritize institutional and community-based treatment for high risk clients
  • Continue utilization of program inventories to ensure provided programs are evidence-based
  • Improve and align reentry practices

Utilize Our Tools

  • Utilize competency matrix to build staff knowledge and skills
  • Utilize a response matrix to implore objective supervision strategies when clients violate
  • Improve fidelity with risk assessment instruments by deploying staff trained in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Expand Our Skills

  • Increase access to education (both high school and post-secondary)
  • Build capacity within apprenticeship programs
  • Train all staff in core correctional practices (CCP)
  • Enhance case management training