Unimpressed by Borders offenders’ reconviction rate of 25%, MSP John Lamont is calling for more to be done to stop people re-offending.
Scottish Government statistics show that a quarter of offenders in the Borders were reconvicted within a year in 2010-11 - of the 657 offenders in the Scottish Borders local authority region, 167 of them had committed another crime within a year.
The area’s reconviction rate of 25.7% is the second highest in the Lothian & Borders region. It is slightly down on the 26.2% rate recorded in 2009-10 but local MSP John Lamont wants more to be done to ensure that offenders are not allowed to recommit crimes.
He said: “These statistics can leave no doubt that we need to be doing more to reduce re-offending in the Borders. The current system is simply not working.
“We need to see these re-offending rates reduce, not only for the good of Borders communities, but also for those affected by the crimes that are being committed. The victims deserve to know that the individual responsible is being punished for the crime they have committed, that they are being rehabilitated, and that they will not simply be allowed out to do it again within a year.
“Too often criminals in Scotland do not serve their full custodial sentence thanks to automatic early release.
“This not only means that it does not act as a proper deterrent, it also hampers our ability to rehabilitate these offenders and convince them not to break the law in the future.”
“The onus is now very much on the Government to develop a strategy that will deal with reoffending and reinstate faith in our justice system.”