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Reoffenders

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offenders made the subject of each type of community supervision by the courts were sent to prison for (a) further offending during the duration of the order and (b) otherwise breaching the conditions of the order in each of the last six years for which figures are available. (144134)

Information for England and Wales on the completion rates for the main types of community sentence, for each year since 1995, can be found in Table 5.1 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005, a copy of which can be found in the House of Commons Library. This information shows the number of community sentences which are terminated due to further offences being committed by the offender or for failure to comply with the requirements of the sentence. Information on the number of offenders received into prison in each of the last six years for breaching community sentences is shown as follows. Information on the number of offenders who are sent to prison for committing further offences during community supervision is not centrally available.

Prison receptions for breach of community orders

Number

2001

2,185

2002

4,604

2003

2,954

2004

3,900

2005

4,464

2006

6,368

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.