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How many people commit further offences after having been convicted of an offence? The statistics show the tendency to relapse into crime, also called recidivism. More specifically, people who have been released from prison or been given a conviction in the course of a given year and who commit another offence within two years.

Selected statistics on Recidivism

This page shows selected popular statistics on the subject of Recidivism. In Statbank Denmark, you can find more data and compile your own statistics.

Duration until relapsing into crime

Here you can see how many people re-engage in criminal activities after release from prison or after being convicted of an offence. The table also shows the duration until the relapse into crime. The rate of recidivism can be calculated in Statbank Denmark.
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A number of Statistics Denmark's criminal statistical registers (decisions, charges and admissions to prisons). Data to this registers originate from the Central Criminal Register operated by the National Commissioner of the Danish Police. Furthermore data from Statistics Denmark's register of the population's highest level of education and Statistics Denmark's Register of Population Statistics.

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The purpose of Recidivism is to analyze the extent of new criminality among persons who have been released after serving in jail or have received a guilty decision during a calendar year.

The statistics on Recidivism was made up the first time for persons released or convicted in 2007 and has hereafter been produced annually.

Need more data on Recidivism?

You can go on searching on your own in Statbank Denmark. Find further details on recidivism broken down, for example, by education and prior convictions.


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