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Drugs: Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those convicted of drug-related offences in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009 had a previous conviction of any sort.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

Table 1 gives the figures for the percentage of offenders convicted of drug offences in 2007-09 who had previously been convicted for any type of offence(s).

Table 1: Percentage of offenders convicted for drug offences who had a previous conviction for any type of offence(s) in 2007-09
Year of sentence Percentage
2007 82.0
2008 82.3
2009 83.1

The figures presented in table 1 have been taken from the dataset used for Table 6.1 of Sentence Statistics 2009 published by the Ministry of Justice on 24 October 2010. The figures are based on offences of drug possession, supply, production or import/export of drugs. The Ministry of Justice is unable to identify offences which may be drug-related but are not specifically drug offences.

These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

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