Reoffending – a key problem which just gets worse

More interesting figures on criminal offences and prison

The annual criminal justice statistics make interesting reading, as always. Without further ado, here are some of the abridged stats, extracted as being of most interest to lawyers and non-lawyers alike :-

  • 101,500 offenders last year were given  immediate custodial sentences
  • The above figure is approximately 8% of all those sentences
  • The British Crime Survey suggests that there were 9,500,000 crimes last year in England and Wales
  • Offenders with more than 15 previous convictions comprise 29% of convictions, nearly double the percentage of a decade ago.

The standout figures from the above clearly relate the repeat offending, indicating either worse problems with society or that prison simply doesn’t work. How many times have we heard the mantra “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”, yet root causes including drug abuse, alcohol problems and mental health, let alone a disenfranchised youth, seem to be getting worse and not better.

Many thanks to solicitors for this post.