Figures released by the Ministry of Justice reveal that serial offenders accounted for more than a third of the 294,000 cases ending in convictions in the adult courts last year.
Yet barely a third of those with more than 15 previous convictions were jailed. Of the 103,175 cases involving serial offenders just over 36,000 resulted in immediate custody.
In 4,579 cases offenders were released with a police caution despite their lengthy records. Almost 11,000 cases that reached court ended in a conditional discharge, with another 16,000 offenders being let off with a fine. Read More