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Young Offenders

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rate of (a) youth offenders and (b) first time youth offenders was in (i) the UK, (ii) Tyne and Wear, (iii) South Tyneside and (iv) the Jarrow constituency in each year since 1997. [111672]

Reconviction rates for juvenile offenders since 1997 were most recently published in February 2003 in Home Office Online Report 18/03. The unadjusted reconviction rate for the first half of 1997 was 33.7 per cent. The rates for July 1999, July 2000 and first quarter 2001 are 38.2 per cent., 26.4 per cent. and 26.4 per cent. respectively. These rates exclude juveniles given custodial sentences.When comparing reconviction rates over time it is necessary to take account of the changing mix in the characteristic of offenders and the speeding up of justice. Unadjusted reconviction rates do not do this.For first time juvenile offenders the unadjusted reconviction rates for the first half of 1997, July 2000 and the first quarter of 2001 are 21.2 per cent., 19.1 per cent. and 12.4 per cent. respectively. July 1999 figures are not available.The reconviction rates relate to England and Wales only and do not apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland. Information on regional and local rates are not available.