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Crimes of Violence: Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of serious violent offences and who served sentences of under two years duration re-offended in each year since 2000.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

The table shows the one year adult reoffending rates for offenders in England and Wales released from custody in the first quarter (1 January to 31 March) of the years 2000 to 2007, who served a custodial sentence of less than two years for a serious violent offence. The table shows the proportion of offenders who committed at least one further offence and the frequency of offences per 100 offenders.

One year reoffending rates, offenders leaving custody, 2000-07 who served a custodial sentence of less than two years for a serious violent offence
Number of offenders Number of reoffenders Actual reoffending rate Number of offences per 100 offenders
Q1 2000 346 107 30.9 100.6
Q1 2002 391 115 29.4 94.6
Q1 2003 343 93 27.1 98.5
Q1 2004 349 75 21.5 78.8
Q1 2005 307 70 22.8 66.8
Q1 2006 283 65 23.0 73.1
Q1 2007 241 63 26.1 72.6

Data for 2001 are unavailable due to problems with archived data

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

Appendix G contains a list of serious violent offences.

The figures for reoffences include offences of all types. An offender whose original offence was serious violence and who reoffended, may not have committed any more serious violent offences.

While the small cohort size makes these measures highly volatile, there has been a decline in both the actual reoffending rate and the number of reoffences committed since 2000.

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