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Reoffenders

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prisoners were reconvicted and sentenced to another custodial term within three months of leaving prison in each of the last five years. (229291)

We do not have figures on reoffending occurring within three months of leaving prison. On an annual basis we publish rates which measure reoffending over a 12 month period. The following table shows the number and proportion of offenders released from custody who committed a reoffence (where the offender was subsequently convicted of this offence at court) and the number and proportion of those who reoffended and given a custodial sentence for this reoffence within a 12 month period.

Number of releases from prison

Number of offenders reoffending

Percentage of offenders reoffending

Number of reoffenders who received a prison sentence

Percentage of reoffenders who received a prison sentence

Ql

2002

15,578

8,574

55.0

3,841

24.7

Ql

2003

14,358

7,738

53.9

3,614

25.1

Ql

2004

15,761

8,185

51.9

3,764

23.9

Ql

2005

14,595

7,165

49.1

3,405

23.3

Ql

2006

14,380

6,686

46.5

3,113

21.6

The latest reoffending statistics, 'Reoffending of adults: results from the 2006 cohort', including additional information on frequency and severity of reoffending, were published on 4 September 2008 and can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/reoffendingofadults.htm.

It showed that between the 2000 and 2006 cohorts, frequency of reoffending fell by 22.9 per cent. severity of reoffending fell by 11.1 per cent. and the proportion of offenders reoffending fell by 10.7 per cent.