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The truth about offenders in the community

The proven reoffending rate...

for adult offenders starting a court order (Community sentence or Suspended Sentence Order) in 2013 was 34.3%, a fall of 5.6 percentage points since 2003.

There are three types of offenders on sentences which are managed in the community - those who are serving community sentences, those who are on suspended sentences and those who are on licence (the second part of a 'determinate' sentence, where part of it is served in prison and part on supervision in the community).

The purpose of this page is to show the reality of dealing with these offenders, and the extent of reoffending.

Dealing with offenders in the community

As of 1 June 2014 arrangements were put in place for the delivery of probation services – the 35 Probation Trusts were dissolved and replaced by the National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). The NPS manages the most high risk offenders in the community and CRCs manage the remainder of the offenders in the community. Offender managers from the NPS and CRCs work closely with offenders throughout the life of their order or licence to reduce the chance of reoffending and ensure that they obey the requirements of their order or licence. For example, this could include treatment for substance misuse, sticking to a curfew or doing unpaid work.

One of the biggest factors that lead to reoffending are criminals' use of drugs and alcohol, so it is crucial that the sentence they get addresses these problems as well as punishing the offender.

Since the reporting period for the information provided on this page covers January to December 2013, we continue to present the statistics at Probation Trust level.

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Reoffending at local level

Find out how likely it is that adult offenders being dealt with by your local Probation Trust who were given a court order between January to December 2013 will go on to commit further offences, and how many offences they will typically commit.

England & Wales

34% rate of reoffending

Rate of reoffending

34% rate of reoffending

About these statistics

Proven reoffending statistics are published on the Justice website, visit the gov.uk website; they measure, over a 12 month period, the proven reoffending for all adult and juvenile offenders who were released from custody, or who received a non-custodial conviction at court, a caution, a reprimand, a warning.

These results do not account for the fact that each area may have very different offenders.

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