Almost half of Irish prisoners re-offend within three years of release
Almost half of prisoners re-offend within three years after release from prison
Almost half of prisoners re-offend within three years of being released from prison according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Further figures reveal that 80 per cent of re-offences occurred within a year of the prisoner being released.
In 2009, 7,507 offenders were released from the custody of the prison service and of those, 3,563 recorded an offence within three years.
The recidivism (relapse into crime) rate were higher among males (48 per cent) than females (41 per cent).
Recidivism was more common among the younger age groups-more than half of those aged under 21 re-offended.
The relapse rates are also different depending on original imprisonment offence.
The highest rates were recorded for Offences against Government, Justice Procedures and Organised Crime(61 per cent) and Public Order and Social Code Offences(61 per cent).
The lowest rates were recorded for Sexual Offences (21 per cent) and Fraud,Deception and Related Offences (27 per cent).
The recidivism rate fell from 51 per cent in 2008 to 48 per cent in 2009.