Young Offenders: Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of young offenders whose final custodial establishment was a secure children's home were reconvicted within two years of release in each of the last five years.

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

Secure children's homes are generally used to house offenders aged between 12 and 16. Juvenile re-offending is calculated over a one-year follow-up period and covers those aged 10 to 17 who were discharged from custody, as well as those commencing pre-court and non-custodial court disposals. A release from custody could be from a secure training centre, a secure children's home or a young offender institution, with most releases being from young offender institutions. Data are not broken down by type of release establishment. The following table shows the number and proportion of juvenile offenders who re-offended within one year of release from custody for the 2000, 2004 and 2005 cohorts. Data for the 2002 and 2003 cohorts are not available.

Cohort Number of offenders in cohort Number in cohort re- offending Proportion of cohort offending (percentage)
2000 979 764 78
2004 843 659 78
2005 865 659 76

Data for the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 juvenile cohorts on the frequency and severity of juvenile re-offending are due to be published on 9 May 2008 online at:

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