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Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2018-19 Offender Cohort

Analyses of trends in reconviction statistics up to the latest cohort of 2018-19.

Reconviction Rates in Scotland: 2018-19 Offender Cohort
Table 7: Reconviction rates for crimes by index crime: 2018-19 cohort

Table 7: Reconviction rates for crimes by index crime: 2018-19 cohort

Index crime3 2018-19 Total number (=100%) Percentage reconvicted within 1 year for1:
Any crime2 Violent crime Sexual crime4 Crimes of dishonesty Criminal damage Drug offences Breach of the peace5 Other crimes and offences
All offenders 32,912 28.3 7.8 0.4 9.3 1.8 3.9 9.8 4.5
Violent crime 8,801 21.8 8.6 0.3 3.6 1.6 2.1 8.7 3.7
Sexual crime4 1,006 10.4 2.5 1.8 1.7 0.7 0.5 2.9 3.3
Crimes of dishonesty 5,329 45.6 7.7 0.4 32.9 1.9 5.6 8.6 4.6
Criminal damage 1,308 30.0 8.9 0.5 6.4 4.7 2.5 12.2 5.0
Drug offences 4,037 25.2 4.9 0.1 7.0 1.0 10.5 5.5 3.4
Breach of the peace5 9,632 26.5 8.6 0.4 4.4 2.1 2.4 13.2 4.5
Other crimes and offences 2,799 31.4 8.5 0.6 6.8 2.0 4.1 11.3 8.2

1. Shading has been added to the table for the reconvictions of each crime type to visually distinguish the different reconviction rates. The darker the shading, the higher the reconviction rate. White numbers are used on darker backgrounds for contrast.

2. Offenders may be reconvicted for more than one type of crime in a year, so the row totals for the specific crime groups will not necessarily equal the overall percentage in "Any crime".

3. More detailed breakdowns can be found in the additional datasets which will be published to accompany this bulletin.

4. Sexual crime excludes offences associated with prostitution. The latter are included in other crimes and offences. Breach of sexual offender order and breach of sexual harm order are included in other crimes and offences.

5. Breach of the peace grouping, in line with the Criminal Proceedings in Scotland publication, includes the offences of "threatening or abusive behaviour" and "offence of stalking", which are part of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010; and "offensive behaviour at football" and "threatening communications" (under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communication Scotland Act 2012 which was repealed on 20 April 2018, although prosecutions under the act were informally ended during 2017).


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