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Prisoners: Reoffenders

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of all released prisoners were subsequently convicted for offences committed in the first 18 days after release in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (317126)

The data are provided from the 'Reoffending of Adults: Results from the 2007 cohort' publication, in which data are only based on the first quarter of each year. Figures for the total number of offenders cannot be aggregated up to full year figures because there is no evidence that the first quarter is representative of the full year.

Of the 12,810 adult offenders who were discharged from custody in the first quarter of 2007, 1,113 (9 per cent.), reoffended within 18 days of release. These offenders were all discharged from custody before the End of Custody Licence (ECL) scheme began on 29 June 2007. Had the ECL scheme been in place at the time of release, only a proportion of these offenders would have been eligible to be released under the scheme.

Data on alleged reoffending by prisoners on ECL are given separately in the monthly bulletins. Between the inception of the ECL scheme on 29 June 2007 and 31 December 2009 1,166 prisoners had allegedly reoffended while on ECL, 1.5 per cent. of the total released.

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

Further statistics relating to the End of Custody Licence scheme can be found in