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Historical Re-offending Indicators

    These statistics are categorised as Under Reservation. This categorisation indicates that the quality of these statistics do not meet the standards required of official statistics published by the CSO.

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In 2019, the CSO released estimates of prison re-offending that combined individuals who received both fine sentence or custodial sentences into a single re-offending indicator. In this release chapters 3 - 5 now separates the data into custodial (chapter 3 and 4) and fine sentence (chapter 5) cohorts. This has been carried out so that estimates primarily relating to individuals who receive a custodial or “prison” sentence (chapters 3 and 4) can be provided.

Statistics on non-custodial re-offending such as fine sentence re-offending are presented separately. Chapter 5 in this publication provides re-offending estimates about individuals who received a fine sentence sanction by courts. The CSO publishes estimates of probation re-offending in the following publication: Probation Reoffending Statistics.

Table 6.1 and Figure 6.1 provide estimates of re-offending that combine both cohorts (custodial and fine sentences) in order that the current indicators can be related back to CSO’s previous publications on prison re-offending.

Supplementary updates in the methodology of estimating re-offending have also caused an adjustment in the combined re-offending indicators as set out in Figure 6.1. These changes are set out in the Background notes of this release.


Table 6.1 Combined prison releases and fine sentences 2011 - 2014 classified by 3-year re-offending indicator

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