HC Deb 01 February 1995 vol 253 cc680-1W
Mr. Michael

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 January,Official Report, column 138, what are the current reconviction rates for (a) adult males, (b) adult females, (c) young adult males, (d) young adult females, (e) juvenile males and (f) juvenile females commencing probation orders and community service orders and for persons discharged from custodial sentences.

Mr. Maclean

The information is as follows:

Percentage of offenders convicted 1 within a two-year period following commencement of an order in 1987–90 or discharged in 1987–90 from a custodial sentence by sex and age at commencement or discharge
Males Females All
Aged under 172Juveniles
Community service order 78 361 77
Custodial sentence 85 58 85
Aged 17 to 20—young adults
Probation order 70 45 66
Community service order 65 45 65
Custodial sentence 71 56 70
Aged 21 and over—adults
Probation order 50 36 46
Community service order 47 42 47
Custodial sentence 47 36 47
All ages
Probation order 58 39 54
Community service order 56 44 56
Custodial sentence 55 40 54
1 Reconvicted of a serious offence as defined by the standard list in appendices 4 and 5 of "Criminal Statistics England and Wales 1993"
2 Until the Criminal Justice Act was implemented on 1 October 1992 it was not possible to sentence an offender aged under 17 to a probation order. Those aged under 17 who were sentenced to a community service order were all aged 16.

3 Based on a sample of only 23 offenders.

Comparisons between different types of sentence are affected by differences in the age, sex, previous convictions and other characteristics of offenders receiving the sentences, as described in the forthcoming Home Office Research Study, "Explaining reconviction rates: a critical analysis".