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Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2011-12 Offender Cohort

This publication provides analyses of trends in reconviction figures up to the latest cohort of 2011-12.

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Table 7 Reconviction rates and average number of reconvictions per offender, by index disposal

Discharged from custody Number of offenders Reconviction rate Average number of
reconvictions per offender
1997-98 6,118 48.4 1.04
1998-99 5,821 49.1 1.09
1999-00 5,744 46.3 0.99
2000-01 5,573 47.4 1.00
2001-02 5,950 47.9 1.06
2002-03 6,008 49.9 1.12
2003-04 5,885 50.1 1.11
2004-05 6,127 47.9 1.06
2005-06 6,240 47.4 1.03
2006-07 6,909 48.5 1.06
2007-08 7,060 46.8 1.00
2008-09 7,404 47.1 0.98
2009-10 7,432 45.9 0.94
2010-11 7,289 45.2 0.91
2011-12 7,314 43.8 0.90
Community Sentence (CPO, CSO, PO)1
1997-98 6,084 39.6 0.85
1998-99 5,950 40.3 0.88
1999-00 5,597 38.5 0.78
2000-01 5,651 39.0 0.82
2001-02 6,093 40.5 0.86
2002-03 6,568 40.7 0.84
2003-04 6,467 39.0 0.79
2004-05 7,119 39.8 0.80
2005-06 7,808 38.6 0.75
2006-07 7,643 38.2 0.73
2007-08 8,135 36.6 0.68
2008-09 8,878 37.1 0.71
2009-10 8,679 33.7 0.62
2010-11 8,443 34.2 0.62
2011-12 9,890 32.5 0.58
Restriction of Liberty Order2
1997-98 - - -
1998-99 24 58.3 1.54
1999-00 50 66.0 1.76
2000-01 55 60.0 1.62
2001-02 54 70.4 1.56
2002-03 212 53.3 1.17
2003-04 353 57.8 1.25
2004-05 414 57.2 1.20
2005-06 486 52.1 1.16
2006-07 510 51.2 1.05
2007-08 533 50.7 1.03
2008-09 567 47.1 0.95
2009-10 489 49.3 0.96
2010-11 444 44.4 0.83
2011-12 485 39.2 0.73
Drug Treatment and Testing Order3
1997-98 - - -
1998-99 - - -
1999-00 1 - -
2000-01 36 58.3 1.31
2001-02 95 74.7 2.12
2002-03 143 75.5 2.41
2003-04 201 79.1 2.21
2004-05 231 78.4 2.20
2005-06 268 70.1 1.88
2006-07 303 75.2 2.03
2007-08 326 70.9 1.94
2008-09 361 67.6 1.77
2009-10 362 66.0 1.68
2010-11 373 66.5 1.60
2011-12 280 56.1 1.45
Monetary disposal
1997-98 32,894 29.5 0.54
1998-99 29,559 29.4 0.53
1999-00 25,603 28.9 0.52
2000-01 23,817 28.9 0.51
2001-02 24,863 29.0 0.52
2002-03 24,850 29.1 0.52
2003-04 26,687 29.5 0.51
2004-05 27,459 29.2 0.50
2005-06 27,036 29.3 0.50
2006-07 28,497 29.0 0.49
2007-08 27,492 27.6 0.46
2008-09 22,840 26.7 0.47
2009-10 20,961 26.6 0.45
2010-11 18,679 25.5 0.44
2011-12 17,121 23.9 0.39
Other disposal
1997-98 8,348 23.0 0.42
1998-99 7,790 21.5 0.38
1999-00 7,234 21.7 0.37
2000-01 6,436 22.2 0.37
2001-02 6,596 22.5 0.40
2002-03 7,077 23.0 0.41
2003-04 7,391 22.1 0.39
2004-05 8,017 22.3 0.39
2005-06 8,487 23.8 0.41
2006-07 9,439 23.6 0.42
2007-08 9,496 23.2 0.41
2008-09 9,603 23.5 0.44
2009-10 9,490 22.1 0.39
2010-11 9,484 21.9 0.39
2011-12 8,736 22.3 0.39

1. Community Sentence refers to Community Service Orders, Probation Orders and Community Payback Orders (CPOs). 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.
2. Restriction of Liberty Orders were not available nationally until 2002.
3. DTTOs were rolled out to Glasgow, Fife and Aberdeen between 1999 and 2002, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Tayside in 2002-03 and has been available to almost every court in Scotland since 2005-06.

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