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Reconviction rates in Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published Reconviction rates in Scotland 2007-08 and 2008-09 offender cohorts, which show the two year reconviction rate in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in eleven years.

Other key findings of the report include:

– The one year reconviction rate has declined over the past seven years by 1.9 percentage points.

– The one year reconviction frequency rate has fallen by six reconvictions for every 100 offenders between the 2002-03 and 2008-09 cohorts, from 63.9 to 57.9.

– There has been a marked fall in the one year reconviction frequency rate for the under 21 age group between the 1997-98 and 2008-09 cohorts from 93.4 to 70.3. This represents a fall of just over 23 reconvictions for every 100 young offenders over eleven years.

– Offenders released from custodial sentences of three months or less have the highest reconviction frequency rate compared to those released from longer sentences.

– Direct measure disposals introduced under Summary Justice Reform can be issued by the police and procurators fiscal in Scotland. These aim to provide robust and quicker alternatives to prosecution for certain low level offences, freeing up court time for more serious business.

– In 2008-09, 76.9% of police disposals were anti social behaviour fixed penalty notices, and 28.5% of offenders given police disposals were given another non-court disposal within one year.

– In 2008-09, 57.3% of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal disposals were fiscal fines, and 25.6% of offenders given Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal disposals were given another non-court disposal within one year.