Alternatives to Prosecution: Shoplifting

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders convicted of retail theft who are dealt with via an out-of-court disposal have gone on to re-offend in the last five years.

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

The latest statistics showing the proportion of adult offenders who reoffend following police cautions for retail theft is set out in the table below.

Note that reoffending rates are not available on the full range of Out of Court Disposals (OOCDs).

Cohort

Number of reoffenders

Number of offenders

Proportion of offenders who reoffend (%)

Apr - Jun 2013

1,078

3,663

29.4

Jul - Sep 2013

1,037

3,438

30.2

Oct - Dec 2013

1,064

3,791

28.1

Jan - Mar 2014

1,081

3,629

29.8

Apr - Jun 2014

944

3,289

28.7

Jul - Sep 2014

879

3,037

28.9

Oct - Dec 2014

901

3,176

28.4

Jan - Mar 2015

784

2,880

27.2

Apr - Jun 2015

722

2,624

27.5

Jul - Sep 2015

639

2,263

28.2

Oct - Dec 2015

740

2,511

29.5

Jan - Mar 2016

693

2,432

28.5

Apr - Jun 2016

606

2,249

26.9

Jul - Sep 2016

502

1,900

26.4

Oct - Dec 2016

560

2,085

26.9

Jan - Mar 2017

486

1,930

25.2

Apr - Jun 2017

432

1,546

27.9

Jul - Sep 2017

381

1,406

27.1

Oct - Dec 2017

391

1,486

26.3

Jan - Mar 2018

389

1,403

27.7

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