A large proportion of crimes are committed by a few offenders. The type of offences committed are often ‘acquisitive crimes’ (most frequently, burglary, theft and shoplifting) and the proceeds from these crimes often fund drug use. Repeat offenders are often some of the most socially excluded in society. They will typically have chronic and complex health and social problems, e.g. substance misuse, mental health needs, homelessness, unemployment, finance and debt.
Every offender who becomes an ex-offender means safer streets and fewer victims and gets the opportunity to improve their own life chances, as well as those of their children and families. Turning people away from crime also means less pressure on the resources of the criminal justice system and on other public services.