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Reconvictions at 19-year low 04/09/2018 New reconviction statistics, published today, reveal that the number of offenders reconvicted of further offences has fallen to a 19-year low.

Reconvictions at 19-year low

New reconviction statistics, published today, reveal that the number of offenders reconvicted of further offences has fallen to a 19-year low.

Almost three-quarters of people in Scotland who were released from prison or given a non-custodial sentence in 2015-16 were not reconvicted within 12 months, compared to around two-thirds of those a decade ago.

The statistics show that, as in previous years, male offenders are reconvicted more often, on average, than female offenders. In 2015-16, the average number of reconvictions per offender for male offenders was 0.49 - 23% higher than the value of 0.40 for female offenders. However, both figures are lower than they were in 2014-15, with a six percent decrease for males (from 0.52) and an 11% decrease for females (from 0.45).

Offenders who committed a crime of dishonesty had the highest number of reconvictions per offender compared to those who had committed other crime types. Offenders who committed a crime of dishonesty had on average 0.92 reconvictions per offender in 2015-16, whereas offenders who committed a sexual crime had the lowest number of reconvictions per offender (0.17 in 2015-16). The type of crime committed by offenders is one of a range of factors affecting reconvictions, including the sentence received, offending history and characteristics of individual offenders.

The reconviction rate for community payback orders (CPOs), the most commonly used community sentence, was 30.8% in 2015-16, which was a decrease of 2.1 percentage points from 32.9% 2014-15. The average number of reconvictions per offender for CPOs also fell over the past year from 0.59 to 0.54, a decrease of eight percent.

Looking at non-court disposals, 18.6% of individuals in 2015-16 who received a non-court disposal from the police and 15.1% who received a non-court disposal from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, received another non-court disposal within a year.

The full statistics can be found here.

Further details are available here.

 

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