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Young Offenders: Reoffenders

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what percentage of (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 year-olds who were released from each young offender institution in each of the last five years were reconvicted within a year of release; (282914)

(2) what percentage of (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14, (d) 15, (e) 16, (f) 17, (g) 18 and (h) 19 year-olds who were released from young offender institutions after serving a sentence for a non-violent offence were reconvicted within a year for a violent offence in each of the last five years.

Juvenile reoffending covers those aged 10 to 17. A release from custody could be from a Secure Training Centre, a Secure Children's Home or a Young Offender Institution. Data are not broken down by type of release establishment or by individual release establishment.

The following table shows the frequency of reoffences per 100 offenders and the actual rate of reoffending for each of the last five years for which data are available. Those aged 10 through to 15 have been banded due to the small number of offenders in each of the groups.

Juvenile actual and frequency rates per 100 offenders for custody

Age band

Number of offenders

Actual reoffending rate (%)

Frequency of reoffences (per 100 offenders)

2003

10-15

133

78.2

424.8

16

235

76.6

465.1

17

418

70.8

435.4

Total

786

73.8

442.5

2004

10-15

209

80.4

461.2

16

244

77.0

401.6

17

362

73.8

397.0

Total

815

76.4

414.8

2005

10-15

195

80.0

463.1

16

275

70.2

424.7

17

374

71.7

370.3

Total

844

73.1

409.5

2006

10-15

200

83.0

463.5

16

262

79.4

433.2

17

355

71.8

349.0

Total

817

77.0

404.0

2007

10-15

171

78.9

407.0

16

246

77.2

370.7

17

361

72.3

328.3

Total

778

75.3

359.0

The information on the re-offence of juveniles released from custody for non-violent offences is not available at this level of detail.

Reoffenders that are aged 18 and 19 are included in the adult dataset. We do not have the facility to determine those that were released from young offender institutions. Further information on adult re-offending is available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/reoffending-adults-2007.pdf

For information on the latest juvenile re-offending statistics please consult:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/reoffending-juveniles-2007.pdf