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Reoffenders

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences committed within one year of release by former prisoners of each prison cohort since 2000 were not (a) identified as incidents of re-offending for more than six months after the offence was committed and (b) taken into account in the calculation of published re-offending rates. (281158)

This information is not available. The data in the ‘Re-offending of adults’ publication reports on proven reoffending. An offender is said to have committed a proven reoffence if he or she receives a conviction at court for the reoffence. The reoffence must have been committed within the one year follow up period, and the conviction must follow either within that one year follow up, or in a further six months, which is to allow time for the offence to be proven at court.

The data sets used to compile the published reoffending figures do not include information on re-offences that fall outside the six month waiting period.

For more information on the latest reoffending statistics, and on frequency and severity of reoffending please consult:

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