A third of Sunderland criminals will reoffend

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NEARLY one in three criminals from Sunderland is likely to reoffend, new Government figures show.

Thirty-one per cent of those who were either released from prison or received a non-custodial conviction went on to commit further crimes.

On average, each one would be responsible for 2.8 future offences.

The information, released by the Ministry of Justice, shows that the national average is lower than Sunderland’s with a one in four reoffending rate.

Northumbria Probation Trust also reported a higher reoffending rate of 44 per cent, with the national average of 35 per cent.

Figures for crimes convicted in crown court in 2010 were also released, with 125 people from Sunderland being sentenced for assaulting a constable.

There were 182 absconders from bail, 240 drug convictions, 1,909 motoring and 13 sexual offences.

Councillor Tom Foster, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, said: “Youth re-offending rates in Sunderland continue to fall with a 27 per-cent reduction from 2008-2010, along with crime figures in the city which are down this year by 7.4 per cent.

“Our approach targets those offenders who are causing the most harm and who are often not co-operating with criminal justice agencies or related services.

“This approach shares intelligence and resources and we work with those concerned to help them change their behaviour and break the cycle of offending.”

Out of the crown court convictions, almost 60 per cent in Sunderland resulted in a fine, 15 per cent with a community sentence and just three per cent with immediate custody.

Maureen Gavin, Sunderland head of offender management, Northumbria Probation Trust, said: “Cutting crime by reducing reoffending is a key priority for criminal justice agencies.

“Northumbria Probation Trust works with adult offenders subject to community order or released from prison on licence.

“Probation staff develop a sentence plan which includes a programme of work to address the factors contributing to the individuals offending and support them in turn their lives around.

“This can include work to address poor thinking skills, lifestyle issues, support in accessing appropriate accommodation and a range of other issues.”