Two year reconviction rate lowest since 1998


New figures that show Scotland’s communities, neighbourhoods and streets are becoming safer have been welcomed by SNP MSP John Finnie.

The SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands and Justice Committee member praised statistics showing the two year reconviction rate in Scotland has dropped to its lowest level in 11 years.

The figures also show a major fall in reconvictions for offenders given Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTO) from 240.6 for 2002-03 to 162.3 for 2008-09 – representing a reduction of nearly 80 reconvictions for every 100 offenders over a six year period.

He said: “We are working hard to make our streets safer and thanks to the efforts of the police, courts, and other justice partners, backed by the SNP Government, the rate is now at its lowest since 1998.

“While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction we cannot afford to be complacent. I hope politicians from all parties across Scotland can welcome the inroads made and unite with us in tackling crime, instead of scoring political points.”