§ 28. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the current recidivism rate among ex-prisoners.
§ Mr. Brittan
No true recidivism rate can be given since the number of ex-prisoners who commit further crimes, as distinct from the number reconvicted, is unknown. About 55 per cent, of those discharged in 1975 from prison sentences exceeding three months were reconvicted within two years of discharge.