Time in prison is a punishment, but can also help offenders change their ways to become law-abiding citizens.
The purpose of this page is to paint a picture of the reality of reoffending committed by those who had previously served a prison sentence.
Punishment is pointless if prisoners go on to offend again when they are released. Prison sentences, as all sentences, have to meet the five purposes of sentencing. Punishment is one, but reducing reoffending is just as important.
Equipping offenders for life after prison is one of the main challenges. Preparing them to find employment is a known way to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, as in addressing any social problems they may have including alcoholism, drug abuse or homelessness.More about how sentencing and rehabilitation works...
Find out how likely it is that adult offenders released from custody between January to December 2013 in each prison will go on to commit further offences, and how many offences they will typically commit.
Rate of reoffending
Reoffences per reoffender
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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