Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2010-11 Offender Cohort

Analysis of one year reconviction rates for the cohort of offenders released from a custodial sentence or receiving a non-custodial disposal in 2010-11

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1. An explanation of reconviction rate, reconviction frequency rate and cohort are provided in Section 3 and Section 12.2

2. Non-court disposals are discussed in Section 5.

3. These figures have been revised since the previous publication (previously reported as 54.0) as data have been updated (see Section 12.3.2 for more details).

4. Legacy community sentences consist of community service orders and probation orders, which the CPO has replaced. See Section 3.6 and Section 4.14 for further details. There are a small number of supervised attendance orders that are not included in these figures.

5. The reconviction frequency rate and reconviction rate applies to all offenders subject to an index disposal, irrespective of whether the offender successfully completed their sentence. Information is not available via the Scottish Offenders Index on completion rates for community sentences.

6. The definition of sexual crime has been changed since last publication (See Table 7: note 3 and Table 13: notes 3, 4 and 5). Care should be taken when comparing with previous publications.

7. The information in Table 9 is not comparable with figures in previous publications. Earlier cohorts will show fewer prior convictions as these represent cumulative convictions since 1989 (See Section 12.3.1).

8. Royal Statistical Society (2003) Performance Indicators: Good, Bad, and Ugly Royal Statistical Society Working Party on Performance Monitoring in the Public Services. Obtained from

9. Battersby, J. & Flowers, J. (2004) Presenting performance indicators Eastern Region Public Health Observatory. Obtained from

10. Spiegelhalter, D. J. (2005) Funnel plots for comparing institutional performance Statistics in Medicine 24 1185-1202.

11. In Table 16, Community Sentence refers to Community Payback Orders, Community Service Orders, Probation Orders, Restriction of Liberty Orders and Drug Treatment and Testing Orders.

12. Community Payback Orders (CPOs) were introduced by the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 and came into effect from 1 February 2011. The CPO replaces provisions for Community Service Orders, Probation Orders and Supervised Attendance Orders.


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