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CSO Study: Individuals placed on Probation Orders or Community Service Orders in 2010 and their subsequent levels of re-offending

9th November 2016

The Central Statistics Office has published a study which examines individuals who were placed on Probation Orders or Community Service Orders in the year 2010, and their subsequent levels of re-offending.

Some of the key findings highlighted include:

  • In 2010, 3,860 individuals were placed on Probation Orders or Community Service Orders. Of these, 37.5% re-offended within a three-year period.
  • Recidivism rates rose by 0.2% between 2009 and 2010. As of 2010, 38.5% of males reoffended within three years, while the corresponding figure for females was 30.1%.
  • While 62.3% of individuals aged less than 18 years re-offended, the recidivism rate fell to 24.1% in the 45-64 year age category, and to 0% in the 65 years and older age category.
  • Of those placed on Community Service Orders, 33.9% re-offended within a three-year-period. In contrast, the recidivism rate of those issued with Probation Orders was 40.9%.
  • The re-offending rate for those who had been referred for Public Order Offences was 44.2%. The re-offending rates for those who had been referred for Burglary and Related Offences was 45.6% and for Weapons and Explosives Offences was 29.4%.
  • Of the individuals who re-offended, 47% did so within the first twelve months, while an additional 239 did between the 12 to 24 months of referral to the Probation Service.

To read the full report click: here

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