- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study has found a large proportion of former prisoners on supervised probation in Maryland are at a moderate to low risk of going back to prison.

Data presented by The Pew Charitable Trusts to a Maryland panel on Tuesday examined whether the state is focusing its resources on the high-risk offenders most likely to recidivate.

The study found 71 percent of the state’s probation population is a moderate or low risk of recidivism.

The report found that low-risk offenders on parole and mandatory release supervision serve considerably longer supervision than high-risk offenders. The study found low-risk offenders on parole and mandatory release supervision serve an average of 49 months, compared to 19 months for high-risk offenders.

A state panel is weighing strategies to reduce state corrections spending and recidivism.

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