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Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his estimate is of the number of people who (a) started and (b) completed offending behaviour programmes (i) in prison and (ii) on probation in each of the last five years; and what the rate of re-offending was for each, broken down by type of programme. (243282)

The following tables sets out the estimated number of starts or commencements and completions for accredited offending behaviour and drug treatment programmes in prison and probation from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

Prison

Programme

Starts1

Completions

2003-04

Offending Behaviour

10,253

9,638

Drug Treatment

4,703

2,418

2004-05

Offending Behaviour

8,885

8,352

Drug Treatment

7,609

4,902

2005-06

Offending Behaviour

8,448

7,941

Drug Treatment

10,743

8,011

2006-07

Offending Behaviour

9,155

8,609

Drug Treatment

11,150

8,349

2007-08

Offending Behaviour

9,376

8,658

Drug Treatment

11,319

8,110

1 The figures for offending behaviour programme starts are estimates

Probation

Programme

Commencements

Completions

2003-04

Domestic violence

360

178

Sex offender

1,051

624

Other1

20,880

12,243

2004-05

Domestic violence

621

298

Sex offender

981

803

Other

20,123

13,717

2005-06

Domestic violence

1,553

586

Sex offender

1,155

763

Other

16,369

12,252

2006-07

Domestic violence

2,972

1,817

Sex offender

1,417

1,301

Other

19,919

16,753

2007-08

Domestic violence

3,955

2,560

Sex offender

1,582

1,360

Other

19,799

14,531

1 Other includes general offending behaviour programmes, substance misuse programmes and violence programmes

There will be a difference between the two sets of figures as offenders may begin and complete a programme in different years and some offenders will fail to complete the programme. The reasons for non completion vary but include, transfer, breach of programme requirement, removal of programme requirement by the court or receipt of a custodial or other sentence. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

Reconviction rates are not measured on a programme by programme basis. Instead NOMS relies on research evidence to determine effectiveness.