The Ministry of Justice has vowed to improve reoffending rates as new figures reveal more than 200,000 crimes committed in England and Wales last year were by former prisoners who had already served lengthy jail terms.
- Criminals who had previously been jailed for at least a year were responsible for 208,699 offences in the 12 months up to last September.
- This included more than 35,000 violent crimes
- Nearly 66,000 burglaries, robberies and thefts
- More than 6,500 sexual offences.