New figures released today found that more than three quarters of criminals sent to prison in 2011/12 had previously been given at least one community sentence.
- Of these offenders, more than 7,000 were given 11 or more community sentences, over a thousand were given 16 or more and just under 500 were given 21 or more
- Over half of the 407,838 criminals convicted of a criminal offence in 2011/12 had previously been given at least one community sentence
- Around 35 per cent of all adults given a community sentence reoffended within a year, resulting in 123,675 offences
- Compared to 30.7 per cent for adults sentenced to between four to 10 years in prison, serving at least two to five years, who committed another offence within a year