Despite several initiatives designed to prevent it, New Jersey has a 37 percent recidivism rate for the approximately 14,000 inmates released from prison each year. According to the most recent statistics available at YourMoney.NJ.Gov, the Christie administration’s website tracking departmental performance, 37 percent of inmates released from jail in New Jersey are reincarcerated within three years.
Since 2004, the state has been administering several programs designed to ease inmates re-entry to the general population. They include programs targeted at anger management (Cage Your Rage); effective parenting (HOPE, Helping Offenders Parent Effectively); and EPIC (Every Person Influences Children), as well as more general behavioral programs such as Thinking for a Change and STARS (Successful Transition and Re-entry Services.) Only between 75 percent and 80 percent of inmates complete these programs, however.