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What portion of convicts released from state prisons are arrested for committing a violent crime within five years of their release?

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A 2014 U.S. Justice Department study of 404,638 convicts released from state prisons in 2005 found that within five years of their release, 77% were arrested for committing a new offense, and 29% were arrested for committing a new violent offense. During this five-year period, these former inmates were arrested for an estimated 3,642 new homicides, 6,879 new rapes/sexual assaults, 22,255 new robberies, and 93,067 new assaults.

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