Reoffending Rates

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th October 2002.

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Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry) 2:30 pm, 28th October 2002

Notwithstanding the hard work put in by many staff, does the Minister agree that young offenders' institutions such as Glen Parva in my constituency are not happy places? Contrary to what the Minister says, the number of those in such places who are reconvicted has increased by 58 per cent. in the past five years throughout the country. Does the Minister think that there are any lessons to be learned from past regimes—for example, approved schools—in terms of why the offending rate was so low then? Does he think that a case exists for a challenging regime of support, rehabilitation and training after custody, to prevent people from re-offending and being reconvicted?