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Reoffenders

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-offending rate (a) within six months and (b) within 12 months for young men on release from young offender institutions was in each of the last four years. (235973)

We do not collate figures on reoffending occurring within six months of leaving custody. On an annual basis we publish rates which measure reoffending over a 12-month period.

The following table shows the reoffending figures for juvenile male offenders (aged 10 to 17), who were released from custody in the first quarter of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The following table shows the proportion of offenders that committed at least one further offence and the number of further offences committed per 100 offenders.

Males

Number of releases from custody

Proportion of offenders reoffending (1 year)

Number of offences per 100 offenders (1 year)

2003

740

75.7

458.8

2004

751

78.3

430.2

2005

764

75.3

426.2

2006

729

78.9

421.4

The figures include offenders released from young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes.

We are unable to break the figures down to show only offenders released form young offender institutions.

The latest reoffending statistics for juveniles, ‘Reoffending of juveniles: results from the 2006 cohort’, were published on 4 September 2008 and can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website:

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

We have made significant progress in reducing juvenile reoffending. The frequency rate of juvenile reoffending fell by 18.7 per cent. between 2000 to 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 874W, on reoffenders, how many offenders under 21 years old who had served (a) less than six months, (b) between six months and one year and (c) more than one year reoffended within six months of release since June 2007. (236333)

We do not collate figures on reoffending occurring within six months of leaving custody. On an annual basis we publish rates which measure reoffending over a 12 month period. We also do not hold data on length of custodial sentence for the index offence for juveniles (aged under 18 years).

The following table shows the reoffending figures for offenders aged 18 to 20 who were released from custody in the first quarter of 2004, 2005 and 2006, by the length of sentence that they were given in court (time served in custody will be less than this). The table provides the proportion of offenders that committed at least one further offence and the number of further offences committed per 100 offenders. Offences which result in a conviction at court are counted as a reoffence.

Length of custodial sentence for index offence

Year

Number of releases from custody

Rate of reoffending(1 year)

Number of offences per 100 offenders (1 year)

Less than 6 months

2004

1,179

71.5

390.0

2005

1,038

72.2

371.5

2006

933

69.9

356.7

6 months to less than 1 year

2004

320

52.5

268.1

2005

339

52.5

233.0

2006

313

44.1

171.6

1 year and over

2004

644

43.2

180.4

2005

617

38.2

150.6

2006

586

37.7

125.6

The latest reoffending statistics for juveniles, ‘Reoffending of juveniles: results from the 2006 cohort’, were published on 4 September 2008 and can be obtained from the Ministry of Justice website:

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

The latest reoffending statistics for adults, ‘Reoffending of adults: results from the 2006 cohort’, were published on the same date and can be obtained from:

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