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Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for repeat offenders there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) London and (c) England in each of the last 10 years.

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

The table shows the number of offenders convicted and sentenced for indictable offences by area and criminal history, 2001-10. These figures relate to separate sentencing occasions and therefore an offender may be included on more than one occasion, either within an area, across areas, or across time.

Figures for the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency are not available; figures have been provided for Bexley local authority which includes the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.

Sentencing occasions have been allocated to a location on the basis of the police force that processed the offence, or in the case of Bexley the offender's address at the time of conviction. Repeat offenders are those with a previous conviction or caution anywhere in England or Wales. These figures are a further breakdown of table Q7.5 in ‘Criminal Justice Statistics Quarterly Update to December 2010’ which was published on 26 May 2011.

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.

Number of convictions for repeat offenders dealt with in Bexley local authority, the Metropolitan police and police forces in England, 2001-10 (1, 2)
Sentencing occasions
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Bexley local authority                    
All offenders 454 461 512 502 553 573 638 722 881 998
Repeat offenders 390 399 453 435 478 499 550 616 763 853
Percentage 85.9 86.6 88.5 86.7 86.4 87.1 86.2 85.3 86.6 85.5
Metropolitan police force                    
All offenders 43,489 48,757 48,374 45,604 43,608 45,549 47,676 51,696 52,681 55,516
Repeat offenders 35,887 40,257 40,478 37,805 35,792 37,727 39,553 43,272 44,563 46,982
Percentage 82.5 82.6 83.7 82.9 82.1 82.8 83.0 83.7 84.6 84.6
Police forces in England                    
All offenders 296,998 311,212 313,915 299,922 287,991 284,746 295,734 306,485 302,867 309,355
Repeat offenders 261,217 276,070 279,428 265,098 254,293 252,307 263,512 274,317 271,228 276,596
Percentage 88.0 88.7 89.0 88.4 88.3 88.6 89.1 89.5 89.6 89.4
(1) Repeat offenders are those who had at least one previous caution or conviction. (2) Figures are counts of sentencing occasions.

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