Publication - Statistics

Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2016-2017 offender cohort

Published: 24 Jun 2019
Directorate:
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781787819252

This publication provides analyses of trends in reconviction statistics up to the latest cohort of 2016 to 2017.

Reconviction rates in Scotland: 2016-2017 offender cohort
Table 10b - Reconviction rates and average number of reconvictions per offender, by custodial sentence length 1 year or less: 1997-98 to 2016-17 cohorts1,2,3

Table 10b - Reconviction rates and average number of reconvictions per offender, by custodial sentence length 1 year or less: 1997-98 to 2016-17 cohorts1,2,3

Custodial sentence length Number of offenders Reconviction rate Average number of reconvictions per offender
1 year or less
1997-98 4,776 54.4 1.21
1998-99 4,488 55.8 1.29
1999-00 4,409 53.6 1.19
2000-01 4,212 55.3 1.21
2001-02 4,466 55.7 1.28
2002-03 4,532 58.1 1.36
2003-04 4,383 58.7 1.35
2004-05 4,458 56.7 1.31
2005-06 4,672 55.6 1.26
2006-07 5,166 57.0 1.29
2007-08 5,091 55.3 1.24
2008-09 5,294 55.0 1.21
2009-10 5,184 53.3 1.14
2010-11 5,065 53.4 1.12
2011-12 4,991 52.4 1.14
2012-13 5,051 51.7 1.11
2013-14 4,811 53.3 1.08
2014-15 4,499 52.7 1.09
2015-16 4,522 51.3 1.06
2016-17 4,183 49.2 0.99

1. This table includes imprisonment, admission to young offenders institution, Extended Sentences (from 2005-06), Supervised Release Orders (from 2006-07) and Orders for Lifelong Restriction (from 2010-11).

2. Figures for previous cohorts may differ from previously published figures as updated information is fed into the Scottish Offenders Index.

3. Caution is needed when comparing reconvictions between different sentence lengths. The length of a sentence may affect the reconviction rates, but different lengths of sentence are given for different types of offending behaviour, which are themselves also likely to affect reconviction rates.


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