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Chart comparing 9-year rearrest rates by most serious commitment offense type. The chart shows that people released after serving sentences for rape or sexual assault are much less likely than those who served sentences for property, drug, public order, or violent crimes generally to be rearrested.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from State Prison: A 9-Year Follow-Up (2005-2014), Table 2. (Graph: Wendy Sawyer, 2019)

This graph originally appeared in BJS fuels myths about sex offense recidivism, contradicting its own new data.

People who serve sentences for sex offenses are less likely to be rearrested within 9 years of release from prison than those convicted of other offense types. (Homicide is the only offense with lower rates of rearrest.)

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