This chart contains the Average Length of Stay for inmates released in 1998 for each state. It also contains Recidivism Rates.

Viewing the chart you can see that California is not at the top of the list of states in this category.

Sadly though California’s 3 Strikes recieves an inordinate amount of criticism and efforts to undo its third strike policy since it doesn’t necessarily have to be violent or serious, although the perpetrator must have 2 prior serious or violent strikes for which he or she has done time in prison.