Figures published towards the start of June, revealed that the number of young offenders in Scotland who reoffend following release from prison is continuing to decline.
According to the figures, the average reconviction rate for under-21s in Scotland has fallen by a third over the last decade; whilst during the same period the reconviction rate for offenders aged 21 – 25 has fallen by roughly a quarter.
However, whilst the figures have revealed that the reconviction rate amongst young offenders in Scotland is continuing to decline; the figures have suggested that those offenders who are handed a short custodial sentence – of six months or less – are twice as likely to reoffend, compared to those handed a community service order.
Meanwhile, additional figures which were published last week – and look at the UK as a whole, have revealed that on average one in two offenders will reoffend within the first year of being released from prison.
The figures suggest that roughly 60 percent of those on short sentences are likely to reoffend; although the additional figures have also highlighted that community service orders and suspended sentences rather than custodial sentences reduce reoffending rates by six percent and nine percent, respectively.
Whilst the figures from the last month have painted varied pictures in relation to reoffending rates within the UK and Scotland; for those who are facing criminal charges, it is important to seek the advice of specialist solicitors, if you want to reduce the risk of receiving a custodial sentence – and this is where the team at Lester Morrill can assist.
As criminal law solicitors in Yorkshire, we are experienced in handling a range of criminal law cases, including assault and battery; robbery, theft and burglary, drug offences, anti-social behaviour; whilst our criminal law team is headed up by Philip Goldberg who has higher rights of audience in the Crown Court and has represented clients in all areas of criminal law.
To find out how we can assist you in your case, contact our Yorkshire solicitors today.