06/27/2012

Man who shot 2 deputies shines light on recidivism

Federal estimates suggest that 6 percent of criminals commit 70 percent of crimes

By Shawn Vestal
Spokane Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. — The cops call them "ropes," and they are tying themselves into knots — big, expensive, dangerous knots — throughout the community.

Repeat offenders, career criminals, call them what you want. A huge proportion of crime is committed by a tiny number of people whose entire lives orbit the criminal justice system. Federal estimates suggest that 6 percent of criminals commit 70 percent of crimes; half the people released from prisons are back within three years.

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