ENYAN Youth reoffending rises to highest level on record

The proportion of young people committing further offences within 12 months of being convicted has hit a record high.

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that out of the 34,682 juvenile offenders who were cautioned, convicted or released from custody between July 2014 to June 2015, 13,177 (38 per cent) went on to offend again within a year.

The 38 per cent reoffending rate is the highest level since recent records began in 2004, and represents a 0.2 percentage point increase on the 37.8 per cent recorded in 2013/14.

The average number of reoffences was 3.35 per young person – also the highest on record.

The Ministry of Justice document points out that although the figure represents an increase of 4.4 percentage points since 2004, the size of the cohort has fallen by around 77 per cent since then.

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