There has been a marked fall in the average number of reconvictions for offenders aged under 25 over the past decade. In 2005-06 the average number of reconvictions per offenders in the under 21 age group was 0.80 and it has decreased 20 per cent to 0.64 in 2013-14. In the same period the average number of reconvictions per offender for the 21 to 25 age group decreased by 26 per cent from 0.68 to 0.50.
More recently however, the reconviction rate for the under 21 age group has increased for the second time in a row, rising by nearly 2 percentage points from 33.4% in 2012-13 to 35.3% in 2014-15.
In contrast to the younger age groups, average numbers of reconvictions per offender for the older age groups have generally increased over the past decade. Between 2005-06 and 2014-15 the average number of reconvictions per offender for the 31 to 40 age group increased by 14 per cent from 0.49 to 0.56, and increased by 13 per cent for the over 40 age group from 0.31 to 0.35.
Average number of reconvictions per offender by age: 2005-06 and 2014-15 cohorts
Source: Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2014-15 Offender Cohort