Reconviction rate in Scotland only half of that in England due to move toward non-custodial sentences

https://beta.gov.scot/publications/recorded-crime-scotland-2016-17/pages/4/

From gov.scot yesterday:

‘Almost three-quarters of people in Scotland who were released from prison or given a non-custodial sentence in 2015-16 were not reconvicted within 12 months, compared to around two-thirds of those a decade ago. The National Statistics also show that those released from a short prison sentence are reconvicted almost twice as often in 12 months than those given community payback orders (CPOs).  The reconviction rate for those subject to a CPO also fell in 2015-16.’

https://news.gov.scot/news/reconvictions-at-19-year-low

So, this means that, in Scotland, the re-offending rate in 2015/2016 was around 25% having fallen from about 66% in 2005/2006.

However, in England, where there has not been a comparable move toward non-custodial sentencing, the reoffending is much higher at 47.5% having climbed from 44.8% in 2011

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/data-and-statistics/criminal-justice/youth

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