Almost half of prisoners released from jail in 2009 re-offended within three years

Almost half of prisoners released from jail in 2009 re-offended within three years. This is a drop on the previous year. prison Figures released by the CSO today show that almost 80 per cent of re-offences take place within a year of release. In 2009, some 7,507 individuals were released from the custody of the Irish Prison Service.  Of these, 3,563 or 47.5% re-offended within a three-year period This figure was 51 per cent  in 2008. Despite the overall drop – some rises were recorded – in particular for burglary where there was an increase of 9 points from 60 to 69 per cent. Todays figures also show the rate at which prisoners re-offend decreases with age ..55 per cent are under 21 – this fell to 27 per cent of those over 51 .. Recidivism is also higher for men than women The CSO suggests a degree of caution in interpreting the figures – Recidivism is based on recorded offences, but not all offences reported to the Gardaí are recorded on PULSE. As a result, it is possible that the rate of recidivism would be higher if the recording gap did not exist.