Two in five serious offenders in Dorset are career criminals

CAREER criminals made up two in five serious offenders convicted in Dorset last year, according to figures – suggesting many are caught in a cycle of reoffending.

The latest statistics show that less than half of those convicted with at least 15 previous convictions or warnings in their name have been sent to prison.

In Dorset last year, in 695 of 1,742 (40%) of cases where an adult admitted or was convicted of a criminal act – such as theft, violence or rape – the offender had to minus 15 previous convictions or warnings, Justice Department data shows.

This included 23 cases where the offender had already had 75 or more previous convictions or warnings.

The figures also showed that of those cases where offenders had had at least 15 previous convictions or warnings, 251 (36%) resulted in immediate jail time.

Some 75 (11%) did not result in any sanction and 103 (15%) in a fine.

Results for 92 cases were not specified.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: ‘Dorset Police are committed to supporting partners in the criminal justice system and in the community to manage offenders and reduce recidivism rates.

“Our dedicated MOSOVO (Sex Offender and Violent Offender Management) team is responsible for working with partner agencies to manage those who pose the greatest risk to our communities and protect victims.

‘Dorset Police are also part of the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) program, a multi-agency approach designed to empower individuals to reduce their offenses by engaging with our partners and volunteers, who can provide the appropriate level. advice and interventions.

“We always urge anyone with information about criminal activity to report it to us. Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers at or by calling 0800 555 111.

In its outcome plan for 2021-2022, the Justice Department said it would end recidivism by focusing on interventions such as providing housing, employment and access to treatment. drug addiction.

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He said the reunification of the probation service meant staff had the skills to run rehabilitation programs, prevent crime and strengthen the supervision of offenders outside of prison.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice said: “Reducing recidivism is one of our top priorities.

“This is why we are investing millions in the Beating Crime Plan to provide strong oversight, while tackling offending factors such as substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment. ”

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