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Reoffenders

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 106731, tabled on 18 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of re-offending rates among (a) under 25s and (b) over 25s in (i) Coventry, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England in each of the last five years.

Answered on

26 January 2022

The overall proven reoffending rate has steadily decreased in more recent years. However, the impact of the COVID19 pandemic has resulted in changes in the rate being more acute. In England, for a January-December 2019 offender cohort, the rate decreased by 2.9 percentage points for those aged 10-24 and by and 2.4 percentage points for those aged over 25. For proven reoffending trends in Coventry, West Midlands and England, please refer to the latest published geographical data tool which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data

/file/1028661/Geographical_data_tool_jan09_dec19_Final.xlsx

We know the likelihood of ex-offenders reoffending is significantly decreased if they have a home, a job and access to healthcare, including substance misuse treatment. In December 2021 the Prisons Strategy White Paper set out our ambitious plans to reduce reoffending and protect the public. We will spend £200 million a year by 2024-25 to improve prison leavers’ access to accommodation, employment support and substance misuse treatment and further measures for early intervention to tackle youth offending.

We will also introduce new personalised Resettlement Passports, which will be set up prior to release and will bring together the key information and services that an individual needs to resettle into society.

Our reforms to the Probation Service, supported by additional annual funding of £155 million, will also help reduce reoffending through robust supervision, tougher community sentences, improved local partnership working and delivery of rehabilitative services.