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Prisoners Release

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released in each year since 2000 for which figures are available had already completed (a) a community sentence, (b) one custodial sentence, (c) more than one custodial sentence and (d) more than five custodial sentences. (295843)

The following table shows actual reoffending rates and frequency of reoffending per 100 offenders who were discharged from custody in the first quarter of each year from 2000 to 2007 (latest available data), broken down by the number of previous custodial sentences. Information is not available for the number of community sentences that an offender has previously received.

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

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

Table 1: Actual reoffending rates and frequency per 100 offenders for those discharged from custody, by number of previous custodial sentences, 2000, 2002-07 cohorts

Number of previous custodial sentences

Cohort year

Number of offenders released from custody

Actual reoffending rate

Number of offences per 100 offenders

No previous custodial sentences

2000 Q1

5,657

28.8

108.2

2002 Q1

5,134

30.8

122.7

2003 Q1

4,610

26.7

99.0

2004 Q1

4,773

25.1

85.9

2005 Q1

4,500

22.4

75.4

2006 Q1

4,637

21.5

67.8

2007 Q1

3,939

22.7

72.3

One previous custodial sentence

2000 Q1

2,475

50.8

220.5

2002 Q1

2,342

51.6

236.3

2003 Q1

2,039

50.4

214.4

2004 Q1

2,232

45.2

202.0

2005 Q1

2,000

42.0

164.2

2006 Q1

1,927

39.4

153.1

2007 Q1

1,767

41.3

146.0

Between two and five previous custodial sentences

2000 Q1

4,612

63.8

319.3

2002 Q1

4,739

66.9

361.9

2003 Q1

4,337

65.0

336.4

2004 Q1

4,760

61.1

286.7

2005 Q1

4,315

58.7

256.3

2006 Q1

4,015

54.4

226.0

2007 Q1

3,534

53.8

237.4

More than five previous custodial sentences

2000 Q1

2,973

75.4

413.4

2002 Q1

3,350

77.8

473.4

2003 Q1

3,360

78.9

491.2

2004 Q1

3,984

76.8

441.6

2005 Q1

3,764

73.8

413.9

2006 Q1

3,785

72.3

390.2

2007 Q1

3,570

70.8

413.9

Total

2000 Q1

15,717

51.4

245.6

2002 Q1

15,565

55.0

288.1

2003 Q1

14,346

53.9

279.0

2004 Q1

15,749

51.9

253.1

2005 Q1

14,579

49.1

228.5

2006 Q1

14,364

46.5

208.4

2007 Q1

12,810

47.2

223.2

Note:

Please note that data are not available for 2001 due to a problem with archived data on court orders. Since it will not substantially increase the knowledge on the current progress on reoffending, no resources have been allocated to fix this problem.