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Almost a third of criminals in Lincolnshire will re-offend within a year, figures show

Nearly 30 per cent of adult offenders in Lincolnshire will go on to carry out further offences in the next 12 months, according to a county council report.

Scrutiny councillors will be told on Tuesday that the county has an average of 1,500 offenders per quarter – with around 443 of those going on to re-offend.

Figures for the first quarter of 2019-20, show that the number of re-offenders jumped by 17.5 per cent compared to the previous data – though the numbers had been reducing since the beginning of 2018-19.

A table showing the re-offending rates by the primary offence carried out. Picture: Lincolnshire County Council. (19969004)
A table showing the re-offending rates by the primary offence carried out. Picture: Lincolnshire County Council. (19969004)

In a report to Lincolnshire County Council’s public protection and community committee, officers say: “In Lincolnshire, as recognised nationally, a disproportionately high proportion of crime is committed by a small number of prolific offenders.”

“These offenders have a significant social impact upon our communities and impart an unacceptable physical, emotional and financial impact upon victims, as well as a substantial resource burden upon agencies both within and outside criminal justice,” they add.

Shoplifters had the highest rate of re-offending with 43.7 per cent going on to carry out an average of a further five offences.


Others of note were drug possession, with 30.2 per cent of re-offenders going on to carry out an average of 2.9 offences, and public disorder, with 30.1 per cent of offenders carrying out another 3.8 offences.

Although the age group with the most offenders was the 20-24 bracket, the highest re-offending rates were carried out by those aged 35-39 (38.7 per cent). The report also highlights how, out of 49 18-year-old offenders, 36.7 per cent of those also went on to commit further acts.

Men have the highest rate of re-offending at 31 per cent compared to 24.3 per cent of female offenders, however, women on average carry out a higher number of re-offences at 4.3 compared to 3.6.

Councillors will be told how the work of a Reducing Offending Core Priority Group, a project which includes Lincolnshire County Council the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, is working collaboratively to reduce re-offending rates by 2 per cent.

It includes a series of reviews as well as work with partners organisations to rehabilitate the most prolific offenders by seeking to address the “complex” underlying causes of their behaviour.

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