MP to probe why some UK army veterans offend

A Government review is set to look into the reasons why some of Britain's veterans turn to a life of crime after they leave the armed forces.

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MP to probe why some UK veterans turn to life of crime

A Government review is set to look into the reasons why some of Britain's veterans turn to a life of crime after they leave the armed forces.

The review, ordered by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, will also look at the support provided for ex-service personnel convicted of criminal offences and given custodial or community sentences, and how that support can be improved.

MP to probe offending by veterans. Credit: PA

The study taken by the Ministry of Defence in 2010, suggest that ex-servicemen and women make up around 3.5% of the prison population, and around the same percentage of offenders on licence, while almost all convicted veterans were men from non-commissioned ranks and 80% were army careerists.

The review, led by Tory MP Rory Stewart, a veteran himself, is expected to last six months and will consider issues including how ex-service personnel are identified on conviction and what advice and support is available to them - as well as looking at effective interventions in other countries.

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