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Probation: Reoffenders

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate of the rate of re-offending after two years was following completion of a (a) domestic violence, (b) cognitive behaviour and (c) drugs programme in each probation area in Wales. (319549)

The Ministry of Justice does not produce statistics on reoffending rates following the completion of programmes. National Statistics on the reoffending of adults released from custody or commencing a court order or suspended sentence order are published annually for England and Wales; they are not broken down for Wales alone. The Ministry of Justice also publishes local reoffending data for all offenders on the probation caseload, which are available at the Probation Area level. These data measure the reoffending of all offenders under probation supervision over three months. For more information about these statistics please see:

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

and

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/local-adult-reoffending.htm

There is international research evidence (but no specific Welsh research that we are aware of) showing that general offending behaviour programmes, anger management/violence reduction programmes and some drugs interventions are effective in reducing reoffending, although the evidence regarding domestic violence programmes is limited and remains tentative.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the rate of re-offending after two years following completion of a (a) a probation or supervision order, (b) a probation or supervision order with conditions and (c) unpaid work in each probation area in Wales. (319550)

The requested data are not available. National reoffending data are based on offences committed within one year of offenders’ release from custody or commencement of a court order under probation supervision, and cover England and Wales as a whole.

In addition to the national statistics on reoffending, the Ministry of Justice publishes local reoffending data for all offenders on the probation caseload. These data are available at the probation area level. These data measure the reoffending of all offenders under probation supervision over a period of three months. The results are produced by aggregating four quarters of data. Therefore the number of offenders quoted in the following table is approximately four times the number of offenders on the caseload at any one time.

The most recent reoffending rates for offenders on court orders under probation supervision for probation areas in Wales are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Local reoffending rates for probation areas in Wales, 1 October2008 to 30 September 2009

Probation area

Number of offenders

Proportion of offenders that reoffended within three months

Dyfed-Powys

4,106

11.15

Gwent

7,091

10.68

North Wales

7,730

10.71

South Wales

17,140

11.00

A breakdown by requirement type is not available.

Further information on the reoffending of adult offenders on the probation caseload is available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/local-adult-reoffending.htm

Further information on the National Statistics on adult reoffending is available at:

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