Recidivism report 2002-2008. Trends in the reconviction rate of Dutch offenders

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Dokumentart: Report
Date: 2011-12
Source: Fact sheet ; (2011) 5a
Language: English
Faculty: Kriminologisches Repository
Kriminologisches Repository
Department: Kriminologie
DDC Classifikation: 360 - Social problems and services; associations
Keywords: Rückfall
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Policy programmes in the field of Dutch criminal law often aim at the reduction of recidivism; measures are taken to lower the risk of prosecuted offenders relapsing into criminal behaviour. Some years ago, specific targets were formulated with respect to two major offender groups. For convicted juvenile offenders, and for adult ex-prisoners, the medium-term recidivism will have to be reduced by 10 percentage points between 2002 and 2010 (VbbV, 2007). The current government also endorses the need to suppress recidivism (DSP, 2011). A substantial part of crime in the Netherlands is committed by persons who have been prosecuted before. Therefore, crime prevention is also the prevention of recidivism. The Recidivism Monitor is an ongoing research project carried out by the WODC. With this instrument the realisation of the recidivism targets can be monitored. Each year, the WODC reports on the reconviction rate of Dutch offenders. Nearly all persons who were suspect in a penal case are included in the study. The standard measurements of the Recidivism Monitor relate to five offender populations: adult offenders sanctioned by court or Public Prosecutor’s Service (PPS), juvenile offenders sanctioned by court or PPS, ex-prisoners, former inmates of juvenile detention centres and former offenders placed under an entrustment order (tbs).1 The reconviction rates in the tbs-sector are reported on separately (see int. al. Bregman & Wartna, 2011). This fact sheet outlines known recidivism in the other four offender populations. Specifically, the study relates to juveniles and adults who were sanctioned by court or PPS or released from a penitentiary institution in the years between 2002, the first year of the target period, and 2008, the latest year for which statistics are currently available.

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