Youth offending rates in Nottinghamshire fall

Police discuss youth offending
Police discuss youth offending

The number of youths offending for the first time has fallen dramatically in the last five years from 954 per year to 219 and the county council is determined to keep them at low levels.

Youth reoffending rates have gone from 29.9 per cent in 2009/10 to 26.3 per cent in 2013/14 and the number of young people remanded to youth detention accommodation is at its lowest level ever.

The dramatic decrease in offending is due to the youth justice plan, and the figures have been announced as the new 2014-15 plans have been set and agreed.

The plan outlines ‘stretching but realistic targets’ but the main aim is to keep first time offenders, those reoffending and remanded to youth detention accommodation to an absolute minimum, as well as improving early intervention and supporting young people to achieve their potential.