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Probation

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of offenders (a) released from prison, (b) under probation supervision without programmes and (c) under probation supervision with programmes were reconvicted within two years in the last five years. (288184)

The latest statistics on reoffending published in May 2009 report the re-offending rates over a one year follow up period.

The following table shows the one year reoffending rates for adult offenders who were discharged from custody or who commenced a community order or suspended sentence order in the first quarter of 2006 and 2007, and (a) received an accredited programme requirement and (b) did not receive an accredited programme requirement under that order. Data about individual requirements were not available prior to 2006.

Number of offenders

Proportion of offenders reoffending

Q1 2006

Custody

14,364

46.5

Community orders

Without AP1

18,637

34.5

With AP2

8,281

40.6

Suspended sentence orders

Without AP1

3,150

35.1

With AP2

2,129

41.9

Q1 2007

Custody

12,810

47.2

Community orders

Without AP1

20,696

35.1

With AP2

6,897

41.0

Suspended sentence orders

Without AP1

5,734

32.5

With AP2

3,328

40.9

1 Offenders who did not receive an accredited programme as a requirement under their community or suspended sentence order.

2 Offenders who received an accredited programme as a requirement under their community or suspended sentence order. This may be the only requirement, or in combination with others.

Comparisons to assess the effectiveness of different requirements and sentence types cannot be made from these results, as there is no control for known differences in offender characteristics or other factors that affect reoffending and the type of sentence given.

Further information on the one year rates of reoffending can be found in

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