PUBLISHED: 00:01, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:36, 19 December 201
Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim 'shocking' figures show failure by probation officers
"Convicts including violent thugs spared jail committed another offence
Tory MPs have said figures show a problem with the probation service
Justice Secretary announced plans to tackle entrenched reoffending
"Around 50,000 criminals who were spared jail went on to commit another crime within a year, figures revealed yesterday.
The convicts – including violent thugs, burglars and drug dealers – were handed community service or a suspended jail term, leaving them free to commit new crimes.
Within 12 months, a total of 49,636 offenders who were not put behind bars were convicted of another offence. Had they been jailed, they would have been unable to offend again."
"Tory MP Priti Patel said: ‘These are quite shocking figures. They demonstrate the true extent of reoffending.
‘There is clearly a problem with the probation service which is not working well to deal with this issue."