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Reoffenders

Justice written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many prisoners reoffend within one year of release;

(2) what assessment he has made of the correlation between a prisoner’s gender and the probability of their reoffending.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The proportion of adult offenders released from custody in the 12 months ending March 2011 who re-offended within a year (the one year proven re-offending rate) is 47.2%. The equivalent figure for juvenile offenders is 72.6%.

The one year proven re-offending rate for adult male offenders released from custody in the 12 months ending March 2011 is 47.5%; and for females, 44.6%.

The one year proven re-offending rate for juvenile male offenders released from custody in the 12 months ending March 2011 is 74.2%; and for females, 56.2%.

Some of the factors we know to be associated with levels of re-offending are (a) number of previous offences, where a large number of previous offences is associated with high re-offending rates and (b) an offender's age, where the re-offending rate falls with increasing age. Therefore, in order to directly compare the re-offending rates of different groups of offenders (by gender, or any other characteristic), we would need to control for the offender mix by taking into account such factors.

Please note that proven re-offending statistics are available from the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/reoffending/proven-re-offending

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