Adult and juvenile reoffending statistics for 2009 were published by the Ministry of Justice today.
The figures show that the re-conviction rate for adult offenders in 2009 was 39.3%, a fall of 0.8 percentage points since 2008 and a fall of 3.7 percentage points since 2000.
In the 2009 cohort of offenders the frequency re-conviction rate was 140.5 offences per 100 offenders - a decrease of 9.6 per cent from 155.5 offences per 100 offenders in 2008, and a fall of 24 per cent since 2000.
The re-conviction rate for prisoners discharged from sentences of less than 12 months was 59.4 per cent, down 1.7 percentage points from 2008. The re-conviction rate for offenders starting court orders under probation supervision was 35.5 per cent, down 0.7 percentage point from 2008.
The statistics also show that since 2000 the overall proportion of young offenders in each cohort who re-offended decreased by 3.3 percentage points from 40.2 per cent to 36.9 per cent. Between 2008 and 2009 it has decreased by 0.4 percentage points from 37.3 per cent to 36.9 per cent.
Since 2000 the re-offending frequency rate has fallen 27.0 per cent from 151.4 to 110.5 offences per 100 young offenders. Since 2008 it has fallen 3.0 per cent from 113.9 to 110.5.
The re-conviction rate for young offenders discharged from custodial sentences of less than 12 months was 71.9 per cent, down 2.4 percentage points from 2008. The re-conviction rate for young offenders starting community penalties was 66.9 per cent, down 0.6 percentage point from 2008.