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Reoffenders

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The table below shows the number of Serious Further Offence (SFO) notifications – that is, cases of an offender under probation supervision charged with an SFO - received between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2018, by SFO offence, where the offender was a) male b) female.

Not all charges for an SFO will result in a conviction. In any year, in about 50% of cases either the charges are dropped before trial, or the offender is acquitted following trial or the offender is convicted of a less serious offence.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

SFO Offence

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

Arson with intent to endanger life

2

13

1

14

2

14

6

14

4

14

Assault by penetration

0

24

0

30

0

35

1

36

0

15

Attempt or conspiracy to commit murder

0

46

3

51

4

56

3

82

2

77

Aggravated Burglary

0

24

1

21

0

41

1

56

0

35

Causing death by dangerous/careless driving/aggravated vehicle taking

0

5

0

7

0

12

0

10

0

16

False imprisonment

0

11

1

9

0

25

0

29

0

17

Firearms offences including possession with intent

0

19

1

17

0

12

0

16

0

17

Kidnapping

0

23

0

15

0

14

0

22

0

28

Manslaughter

1

7

0

5

1

12

1

15

0

13

Murder

5

66

3

66

5

81

5

109

6

126

Offences under the Explosive Substances Act

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

4

0

2

Other qualifying sexual offences

0

26

0

36

1

25

1

37

0

21

Other serious violent offence

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

3

Other specified offence causing death

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rape

1

171

0

217

0

245

0

242

0

130

Robbery with firearm

0

8

0

13

0

8

0

15

0

13

Under 13 sexual offences including rape

0

27

0

34

0

25

0

32

0

23

Total

9

472

10

538

13

611

18

722

12

550

  1. The NPS and CRCs are required to complete automatic reviews on any eligible offender who has been charged with (including attempted or conspiracy to commit offences): murder manslaughter, other specified offences causing death, rape or assault by penetration, or a sexual offence against a child under 13 years of age.
  2. Conditional reviews are completed when an offender has been assessed as high risk of harm during the current sentence (NPS only) or where no risk assessment has been completed.
  3. Not all SFO notifications result in the completion of a reviews as charges can be reduced or dropped. Not every offender charged with a SFO is convicted.
  4. The data represents SFO charges and not a unique count of offenders.
  5. Data Sources and Quality. We have drawn these figures from administrative IT systems which, as with some large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

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