The 85041 ZIP stretches from 27th Avenue to Central Avenue, and from Broadway Road to South Mountain. Next door, the 85042 ZIP extends from Central to 48th Street, and from Southern Avenue to South Mountain. Police and prosecutors say those areas are Phoenix’s core of criminal activity and are home to its poorest residents.
Nationwide, an average of 50 to 67 percent of former inmates are behind bars again within three years of release, federal statistics show.
The recidivism rate is even higher in the 85041 area, where hundreds of inmates choose to return after release. On average, 81 percent of them return to prison, county reports show. This means more than 800 of the 1,000 prisoners going to south Phoenix are projected to be back in prison by 2013.
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