Proven reoffending statistics: April to June 2022

Proven reoffending statistics: April to June 2022 

Summary

On 25 April 2024, the Ministry of Justice published its proven re-offending statistics for adults and young people who were sentenced to a period of custody/ detention, community based sentences and out of court disposals.  

Details 

Adults had a proven re-offending rate of 25.4% whereas children and young people had a proven re-offending rate of 33.3%. 

The age group with the highest re-offending rate was 15 – 17 year olds at 33.8%. This was followed by children aged 10 – 14 years old, with a re-offending rate of 31.8%.

The data shows that children and young people who were given out of court disposals had a proven re-offending rate of 23.5%. Children and young people given a ‘first tier’ penalty had a proven re-offending rate of 30.3% and those released from a period of detention had a proven re-offending rate of 62.2%. 

Commentary 

The Ministry of Justice urges caution when comparing the effectiveness of different sentences. They do so on the basis that the statistics do not account for the differences in individual characteristics of the children and young people receiving the sentences imposed. However, the difference between the proven re-offending rates for children and young people being released from a period of detention and those who received an out of court disposal is compelling. 

Written by Sabrina Neves, Solicitor at GT Stewart Solicitors