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Young Offenders: Reoffenders

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of re-offending is of people who have been held in young offender institutions in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (149415)

Information on rates of re-offending is not currently available. However, the latest published reconviction figures for those discharged from the Juvenile Justice Centre into the community show that of those discharged in 20011, 36 per cent. were reconvicted within one year and of those discharged in 20021, 42 per cent. were reconvicted within one year.

1 While juvenile reconviction rates are based on reconviction within one year, the datasets on which reconviction are calculated cover a two-year period after the end of the relevant year (e.g. for those discharged in 2002 the dataset covers the period up to the end of 2004). This is necessary to include those who are juveniles at time of discharge but who are subsequently covered by the post-juvenile dataset. Results for juvenile reconviction from the 2003 dataset will be available shortly.