The Judicial Branch’s Division of Probation Services annually prepares a report on recidivism among probationers. These reports use two definitions of recidivism: one that pertains to pre-release recidivism/failure (while still on probation supervision) and the second pertaining to recidivism post-release (after terminating from probation supervision). These are defined as follows:
Pre-release recidivism/failure: An adjudication or conviction for a felony or misdemeanor, or a technical violation relating to a criminal offense, while under supervision in a criminal justice program.
Post-release recidivism: A filing for a felony or misdemeanor within one year of termination from program placement for a criminal offense.