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
More top news
The desk and chair where Charles Dickens sat to write his final novels have been bought for the nation using a national heritage grant.
Lee Rigby's widow and son at moving ceremony to remember murdered soldier's "ultimate sacrifice".
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched his election battlebus today with an attack on the Conservative Party.