In 2020-21, there has been a slight increase in recidivism of detainees returning from imprisonment to corrective services. This was based on an increase of 1.4% in the rate of return-to-custody of detainees from 37.1% in 2019-20 to 38.5% in 2020-21, whereas the rate of detainees returning to corrective services remained stable at 63.4% from 2019-20 to 2020-21.

There was a slight decrease of 0.4% in the rate of offenders discharged from community corrections orders returning to community corrections and a decrease of 1.4% in the rate of offenders discharged from community corrections orders returning to corrective services.

The tables below provide the rates of return for detainees and offenders. This data is two years earlier than the current reporting period, as this delay allows for the recidivism of detainees and offenders to be measured according to whether they return to corrective services. This is consistent with the reporting requirements of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.

Table 22 - ACT Detainees Released who Returned to Corrective Services with a New Correctional Sanction within Two Years (as a Percentage)

Detainees returning to:

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Detention

38.6

44.2

42.4

37.1

38.5

Corrective Services

58.5

69.9

71.3

63.4

63.4