New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed that nearly half of prisoners re-offend within one year after their release. The figures also revealed that prisoners who served custodial sentences between three and six months had the highest probability of re-offending within a year after being released.
The most common form of re-offending were public order offences and other social code offences. The figure stood at 54% in 2011 but decreased to 48% in 2018 while re-offending rates within three years of a custodial sentence were nearly at 62% in 2015 which is down from 68% in 2011.
In regards to re-offending within three years after release, the majority of the crimes were related to burglaries, criminal damage to property and public order offences.
Over 83% of individuals under the age of 21 were more likely to re-offend within three years after being released.
Although men continue to make up most custodial releases in 2015, women were more likely to re-offend within three years after release.
Only 27% of individuals who were over 50 re-offended within three years after their release.
CSO statistician Felix Coleman stated, “Of the two-thirds of re-offenders from 2018 who received a custodial sanction for their re-offence, those whose offences were grouped among assault, attempts and threats to murder, harassment and related offences were the most likely to receive a custodial sanction rather than a non-custodial sanction such as a fine or suspended sentence.”
“It is worth noting that re-offending rates are falling over time whether one looks at three-year or one-year windows for re-offending following release from custody.”