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Figures released by the Ministry of Justice in response to a freedom of information request have shown that last year over 166,000 cases in England and Wales involved criminals with over 10 previous convictions.
- In the 12 months to September 2013, 166,529 cases in England and Wales involved offenders who had been punished more than 10 times before.
- Some 68,453 offenders with between six and 10 previous convictions were convicted again.
- In the same period, 104,265 with between two and five convictions were convicted again.
- A total of 51,578 had one previous conviction, while 112,532 had none.
The Ministry of Justice revealed figures last month which showed that in 2013 just over 103,000 offenders convicted of indictable crimes had 15 or more previous convictions.
That is the equivalent to 36% of all convicted offenders, which is up from 22% in 2003.
Ministry of Justice figures, which show thousands of repeat offenders keep ending up in court, shows the justice system "is clearly not working", a member of the Greater London Authority Conservatives who requested the data said.
Thousands of criminals with more than 10 previous convictions keep appearing in court, figures have shown.
In response to a freedom of information request, the Ministry of Justice figures showed that in the year to September 2013, 166,529 cases in England and Wales involved offenders who had been punished more than 10 times before.
That compares to 172,063 such cases in the previous year.