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This report measures the Maine Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) impact on probationers by examining two rates of recidivism. The primary definition of recidivism for the purposes of this report is drawn from the definition used in Kubrin and Stewart’s study (2006) as the arrest of a probationer for a new crime (felony or misdemeanor) within one year of entering probation. As Kubrin and Stewart point out, using arrests instead of new convictions circumvents judicial and correctional system data issues. Because policy changes can have an impact on outcomes, this report also examines a subset of probationers rearrested for a new crime, who are revoked (i.e. an arrest and imprisonment) for a new criminal offense while on probation within one year.


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