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09/09/13 09:44

Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2010 -11 Offender Cohort

September 2013

Scotland's Chief Statistician today published Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2010-11 offender cohort. This provides detailed analyses of one year reconviction frequency rates and one year reconviction rates, including offender characteristics, disposal and crime type, and geographical area.

Key findings:

The one year reconviction frequency rate has declined over the past nine years by just over a fifth, from 63.9 per 100 offenders for the 2002-03 cohort to 50.2 for the 2010-11 cohort. During the same period, the one year reconviction rate has fallen from 32.9 to 28.4 per cent. Both rates are now at their lowest levels in the last 14 years.

In 2010-11, there were 8,340 offenders given a Community Service, Probation or Community Payback Order. These offenders have a reconviction frequency rate of 54.9 per 100 offenders and a 31.6 per cent one year reconviction rate.

Those released from a custodial sentence of three months or less have a reconviction frequency rate of 126.0, over double that of offenders getting community sentences.

The fall in the one year reconviction frequency rate has been particularly marked for the under 21 age group. with a drop of over a third between the 1997-98 and 2010-11 cohorts, from 93.4 per 100 offenders to 59.3.

The one year reconviction frequency rate for offenders given Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO) has also fallen by about a third between the 2003-04 and 2010-11 cohorts, from 220.3 per 100 offenders to 146.9.

In 2010-11, 80 per cent of police disposals were anti social behaviour fixed penalty notices, and 24.5 per cent of offenders given police disposals were given another non-court disposal within one year.

In 2010-11, 56 per cent of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal disposals were fiscal fines, and 17.7 per cent of offenders given Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal disposals were given another non-court disposal within one year.

NOTES FOR NEWS EDITORS

1. The full statistical publication can be accessed at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01054

2. Further information on Crime and Justice statistics within Scotland can be accessed at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/statistics/browse/Crime-Justice

3. Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics
in Scotland can be assessed at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About