Reoffenders: Essex

Justice written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders re-offended while on probation in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Essex in the last five years.

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

The measure of reoffending used to provide National Statistics for England and Wales is not broken down by area. However, newly published data on local adult reoffending (a different measure of reoffending to the national statistics) are broken down by probation area and local authority (upper tier only).

The number of offenders used to calculate the local reoffending rate for the Essex probation area between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2008 is 20,810 and the reoffending rate is 8.19 per cent.

The number of offenders used to calculate the local reoffending rate for the Essex county council area, which excludes the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, is 15,737 and the reoffending rate is 8.20 per cent.

The local measure measures the reoffending of all offenders on the probation caseload, aged 18 or over, at a certain point in time (a "snapshot"), while the national measure covers all offenders commencing a court order under probation supervision or released from custody during the first quarter of the year. Additionally, the local measure allows a three month period for reoffences to be committed, while the national measure allows a year.

The local reoffending figures are produced by aggregating the data of four snapshots of the probation caseload. Therefore the number of offenders quoted above is approximately four times the number of offenders on the caseload at any one time.

A reoffending rate of 8.19 per cent. with a caseload size of 20,810 does not mean that 1,704 different offenders committed a reoffence, as some offenders may have appeared in more than one cohort and reoffended more than once.

It should be noted the probation supervision of some offenders may end during the period while their reoffending is being monitored. Therefore some reoffences may be committed after probation supervision has finished.

For further details please see "Local reoffending results 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2008 England and Wales" available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/local-adult-reoffending-oct07-sept08.pdf

This is the first time that reoffending data at the local level have been made available.

The Ministry of Justice does not currently collate reoffending data at the constituency level.

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