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​Re-offending in NSW

Winifred Agnew-Pauley and Jessie Holmes

Bureau Brief no. 108

Sydney, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, August 2015

Release Date: 19 October 2015

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Summary: Almost 60 per cent of offenders (juvenile and adult) are convicted of another offence within 10 years. Juveniles have a higher re-conviction rate (79%) than adults (56%). For both juveniles and adults, reconviction rates are highest amongst those who are convicted of a break and enter or robbery offence and lowest amongst those convicted of drink/drug driving.

Aim: To provide an overview of adult and juvenile re-offending over the last 10 years in New South Wales (NSW).

Method: Descriptive analysis of data from the NSW Re-offending Database (ROD).

Results and conclusion: Most offenders convicted in the NSW criminal courts were reconvicted of a further offence within 10 years of their offence, and tis was especially so for juveniles and Indigenous offenders. Those reconvicted tended to be reconvicted for a variety of offences.

Keywords: Re-offending, recidivism, NSW, juveniles, adults