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Community Sentences

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) offenders, (b) adult offenders, (c) young male offenders and (d) female offenders who completed community sentences in the most recent year for which figures are available were reconvicted for a standard list offence within two years. [116006]

There is no available information on reconviction rates for offenders completing community sentences.Of all offenders commencing community penalties in the first quarter of 1999, 44.3 per cent. were reconvicted within two years. This was a 3.1 per cent. fall from the expected rate based on first quarter 1997. These figures have been adjusted to exclude breaches and convictions after the start of the community sentence where the offence had been committed before the community sentence started.More detailed figures are available only in respect of offenders who started community sentences in 1995. Of those offenders,

(a) 56 per cent. of all offenders (b) 51 per cent. of all adult offenders (c) 73 per cent. of young male offenders1 and (d) 42 per cent. of all female offenders had been reconvicted within two years. These figures have not been adjusted.

1Young offenders are defined here as those aged under 21 years at the date of commencement of the order.