6 September 2012
Freedom of Information Request: Information about re-offending while on bail
Thank you for your e-mail dated 8 August 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek information about re-offending while on bail, namely
- A breakdown of the number of people who reoffended while on bail in the last year (2011/12). In the breakdown include: the gender of the person in question; the original offence they were charged with and the offence they were charged with while on bail.
- Provide the information broken down as set out above also for the years: 2010/11; 2009/10; 2008/9; 2007/08.
It may assist to explain that Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for prosecution purposes. The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes.
The COPFS database does not contain data regarding previous convictions, so the only way to address this request is to look for new cases reported to COPFS where one/more charges contain a 'Bail aggravation'. The 'Bail' aggravations are recorded in individual charges and each accused may have more than one charge recorded in our database. The tables below show total number for each coded crime/offence reported to COPFS in each of the last 5 years, and they also identify male/female accused. It is important to note that the statistics do not tell us the charges for which the individuals were on bail, nor do the identify whether the original 'bail' was granted after crown opposition or by the High Court of Justiciary on appeal.
Tables showing total number for each coded crime/offence reported to COPFS in each of the last 5 years, and they also identify male/female accused.