Publication - Statistics publication

Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2013-2014 offender cohort

Published: 19 May 2016
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order

Scottish Government publication providing analysis of trends in reconviction figures up to the latest cohort of 2013 to 2014.

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72 page PDF

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Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2013-2014 offender cohort

72 page PDF

2.1 MB


1. Caution is needed when comparing reconvictions between different disposals. A disposal may affect the reconviction rates, but different disposals are given for different types of offending behaviour, which are themselves also likely to affect reconviction rates.

2. While all individuals in this category for the 2013-14 cohort are aged 14 or more in the previous ten years there were 6 records for individuals aged 12 and 13 records of individuals aged 13.

3. The information in Table 7 is not comparable with figures in publications prior to the 2011-12 Offender Cohort bulletin. The table has been constructed from the "persons proceeded against" datasource, whereas in publications prior to the 2011-12 Offender Cohort bulletin, the table has constructed from a different datasource: the "offences relating to persons proceeded against" datasource.

4. The information in Table 10 is not comparable with figures in previous publications. Earlier publications will show fewer prior convictions as these represent cumulative convictions since 1989.

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

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

7. Abbreviations for local authority groups used in Chart 8 and Chart 9: Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire (Abd), Angus (Ang), Argyll & Bute (Arg), East North and South Ayrshire (Ayr), Scottish Borders (Bor), Clackmannanshire (Clk), East & West Dunbartonshire (Dunb), Dumfries & Galloway (D&G), Dundee City (Dund), Edinburgh and Midlothian (Edin), East Lothian (ELo), Falkirk (Fal), Fife (Fife), Glasgow City (Glas), Highland (High), Inverclyde (Inv), Moray (Mor), Na h-Eileanan Siar (Eil), North and South Lanarkshire (Lnk), Orkney Islands (Ork), Perth and Kinross (P&K), East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire (Renf), Shetland Islands (Shet), Stirling (Stir), West Lothian (WLo).

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

9. 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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