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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1. Legacy community sentences consist of community service orders and probation orders, which the CPO has replaced. See Section 4.26 for further details. There are a small number of supervised attendance orders that are not included in these figures.

2. The definition of sexual crime has been changed from the Reconvictions Rates in Scotland 2010-11 Cohort Bulletin onwards (see Table 6: note 1 and Table 12: notes 3, 4 and 5). Care should be taken when comparing with earlier publications.

3. The information in Table 12 is not comparable with figures in previous publications. In this publication the table has been constructed from the "persons proceeded against" datasource whereas in previous publications the table has constructed from a different datasource: the "offences relating to persons proceeded against" datasource. Care should be taken when comparing with earlier publications.

4. The reconviction rate and average number of reconvictions per offender 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.

5. The information in Table 9 is not comparable with figures prior to the Reconvictions Rates in Scotland 2010-11 Cohort Bulletin. Earlier publications will show fewer prior convictions as these represent cumulative convictions since 1989 (See Section 11.3.1).

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

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

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

9. In Table 15, Community Sentence refers to Community Payback Orders, Community Service Orders, Probation Orders, Restriction of Liberty Orders and Drug Treatment and Testing Orders.

10. 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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