400 criminals a week reoffend during community punishment
PUBLISHED August 21, 2012
Almost 400 criminals a week commit another crime while on community service after being spared a prison sentence, figures have shown.
More than 20,000 reoffended last year after being handed a community punishment order, while over 22,000 such orders had to be halted after the criminal breached the terms, which can include unpaid work or receiving drug treatment.
Only two thirds of the 172,910 orders imposed last year were fully carried out according to the data, which was released under Freedom of Information legislation and published in The Daily Mail newspaper.
A quarter of offenders broke the rules and failed to complete the punishment order.
Nine per cent were stopped because the criminal fell ill or died.