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Young Offenders: Reoffenders

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of re-offending by young people between the ages of 10 and 17 years in the latest year for which information is available. (277435)

The level of reoffending by young people aged 10 to 17-years-old is at its lowest since records for the frequency of reoffending began in 2000, with the juvenile reoffending rate down by almost a quarter between 2000 and 2007. This success reflects the Government's investment in the youth justice system and the significant reforms we have implemented since 1997. We do not make an estimate of the overall cost to the public purse of young people's reoffending.