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Question Without Notice No. 196 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 June 2017 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon F.M. Logan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

CORRECTIVE SERVICES — PAROLEES — RECIDIVISM RATE
      196. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:
I refer to my question asked on 14 June, noting a rate of 4.9 per cent, or 53 out of 1 086, of parole cancellations for reoffending in 2015–16.
(1) What was the rate for each year from 2007–08 to 2014–15?
(2) Is the current rate considered to be a good or poor result?
      (3) What is the target rate, or KPI if there is one, for recidivism by former prisoners released on parole in Western Australia?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the member for some notice of the question.
(1) The rates of parole cancellations for reoffending are shown in the table below.
I seek leave to have the response incorporated into Hansard.
Leave granted.
The following material was incorporated —
          Year
          Offenders With Completed Parole Orders
          Parole Cancelled for Re‑offending
          Rate of Parole Cancellations for Re‑offending
          2007‑2008
          1653
          248
          15.0%
          2008‑2009
          1894
          317
          16.7%
          2009‑2010
          1393
          166
          11.9%
          2010‑2011
          820
          63
          7.7%
          2011‑2012
          712
          32
          4.5%
          2012‑2013
          808
          22
          2.7%
          2013‑2014
          1014
          32
          3.2%
          2014‑2015
          894
          35
          3.9%

      (2) In the absence of national benchmarks, the department is only able to compare the results from one year to the next.
      (3) The department does not have a KPI or target rate for recidivism of former prisoners released on parole in Western Australia.