Publication - Statistics

Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2015-2016 offender cohort

Published: 4 Sep 2018

Trends in reconviction statistics up to the latest cohort of 2015-2016.

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79 page PDF

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Contents
Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2015-2016 offender cohort
Annex C: Uses and users of reconviction rates and average number of reconvictions per offender

79 page PDF

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Supporting files

Annex C: Uses and users of reconviction rates and average number of reconvictions per offender

C1 The Scottish Government completed a user survey for the Reconviction Rates in Scotland statistical bulletin in December 2014. The results can be found at the link here. Some of the points noted in the survey have been addressed in subsequent bulletins.

C2 Reconviction rates are a helpful tool in supporting policy development, and informing implementation of the Scottish Government’s Justice Strategy which seeks to prevent and reduce further offending by addressing the underlying causes and delivering a decisive shift in the balance between community and custodial sentences. This requires collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders across the justice system looking to safely and effectively manage and support those who have committed offences to help them reintegrate into their communities in order to prevent further offending.

C3 Users of information on reconviction rates include:

  • Scottish Government
  • Community Justice Scotland
  • Local Authorities
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
  • Scottish Sentencing Council
  • Risk Management Authority
  • Parole Board for Scotland
  • Health boards
  • Victim Support
  • Third sector partners
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Association of Directors of Social Work

C4 We are made aware of new users, and their uses of this data, on an ongoing basis and we will continue to include their contributions to the development of reconviction statistics in Scotland.

C5 Local authorities find the data useful for identifying local issues and to inform feedback on performance to partners. These data are useful in terms of providing contextual information to help assess the effectiveness of justice programmes, and for gaining understanding about structural patterns in offending, such as the age-crime curve.

C6 The Scottish Government uses the data for purposes of government, which includes developing policies to reduce reoffending, answering parliamentary questions from MSPs from all political parties, and answering freedom of information requests.


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