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Third of those managed by probation service offend again within a year of sentencing

People convicted of theft are most likely to reoffend

People convicted of theft are most likely to reoffend

Robin Schiller

ALMOST a third of people managed by the Probation Service commit a crime within a year of being sentenced, with teenagers the most likely to re-offend.

Figures also show that the number of people re- offending within 12 months has increased slightly in recent years, with those convicted of theft the most likely to do so.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 31pc of people who were being managed in 2016 by the Probation Service re-offended within a year, an increase of 3pc on 2013.

Of those who re-offended from the 2016 cohort, nearly two-thirds did so within six months.

The most recent figures also show that nearly half of people committed one offence for which they received a conviction within three years.

Nearly half of juvenile teens offended within one year, compared with 21.7pc of people over 65.

The highest rates among people who committed a crime, having been managed by the Probation Service, were the 946 previously convicted of theft at nearly 40pc.

More than 37pc of people convicted of public order crimes also re-offended within 12 months.

Half of those convicted of re-offending avoided a prison term and instead received non-custodial sentences involving a fine or a community service order.

CSO statistician Felix Coleman said there is a negligible difference between males and females when it comes to re-offending.

"Probation re-offending estimates are calculated using data provided by the Irish Probation Service and An Garda Síochána's Pulse reporting system," he said.

"In order to qualify as a re-offender, probationers must be linked to a substantial Pulse incident within the three-year qualifying period, allowing one year for the committal of an offence and a further two years for court conviction.

"There has been a small increase in the one-year probation re-offending rate between 2013 and 2016 from 28pc to 31.1pc.

"The data from 2016 indicates that younger age groups of probationers continue to be much more likely to re-offend, with almost 45.6pc aged less than 18 at the time of receiving a probation sanction re-offending.

"In contrast, indicators show that just 21.7pc of probationers who were over 65 re-offended.

"There is a negligible difference in the overall re-offending rates between males and females.

"Although the majority of individuals who received probation orders in 2016 were male (85pc), only slightly more males re-offended (30.3pc) than females (30pc)."

The figures were compiled using data from the Pulse system, which the CSO says are "under reservation", a categor- isation that indicates concerns over the quality of data.

Previous figures showed nearly 80pc of young people who enter the prison system under the age of 21 will re-offend within a three-year period.

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