When you look at the numbers many long held truths about crime crumble. Like this one: who do you think is more likely to become a life-long criminal, a rapist or a car thief?
It turns out those who commit the most serious crimes actually re-offend at lower rates. Murderers have the lowest recidivism rate out of any California prisoner. Why is that? This is the first segment in a three part series looking at “Lifers”; a population of inmates, usually convicted of murder, who’ve been sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.
The series aired over NPR affiliate KALW's pledge drive and was featured on NPR's national website. 01/31/2012.