Criminology, probation and stuff

Some musings on criminology with a focus on probation

Compendium of reoffending statistics and analysis

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On Probation has blogged about the recently published reoffending statistics compendium. I couldn’t agree more with his analysis.

The important thing is persuading the public of the fact that so many offenders are so disadvantaged and that some (‘some’ being the operative word here) programmes appear to work- when the media focusses on the fact that 74% of offenders reoffend in 9 years, the difficulties of clearly representing and disseminating information about how we deal with offenders and reoffending statistics become clear.

It’s positive to note that the word reconviction is preferred over reoffending and that the frequency of offending is being taken into account but a shame that the statistics still fail to take into account any increase/decrease in seriousness of offending. I think I am mentally classifying it as ‘a step in the right direction’.


Written by criminologyandstuff

November 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Posted in criminal justice

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