Reoffenders: Costs

Justice written question – answered on 1st February 2008.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of re-offending in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

There are currently no estimates of the overall costs to the economy due to re-offending for each of the last 10 years. However, in 2002 the Government's Social Exclusion Unit estimated the costs of crime committed by ex-prisoners to be around £11 billion.

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