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.’
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