According to The Daily Mail, the shocking figures expose the staggering extent of re-offending by sexual predators across the country. The number of sex attackers, who go on to strike again has risen sharply in recent years, as a number of rapists have been released without serving even half of their jail term.
The ‘disturbing’ revelations prompted concerns that dangerous serial criminals were being ‘let off the hook’. Last year, nearly one in seven convicted rapists had a previous conviction for a sex crime, the highest level for five years. Overall, more than nine out of ten had some form of previous conviction, including hundreds with criminal records for violent crimes. The figures raised serious questions about whether the public is protected from serial sex offenders.
Rape victims’ charities also warned that current punishments were not acting as a deterrent to further offending. Conservative MP Priti Patel said: “These are disturbing figures that show too many dangerous criminals are being let off the hook and allowed to reoffend over and over again”. “The priority for the Government must be to ensure that these prolific offenders are locked up to keep the public safe,” Patel added. Statistics from the Ministry of Justice showed that the courts convicted a total of 3,263 rapists in the past three years. Of those, 409 had previous convictions for sex offences, including 90 who were found guilty of rape.
A shocking 2,961, or more than 90 percent, of rapists convicted last year were already known to the authorities and had a criminal record. Criminals sentenced to prison in Britain are routinely released early. Sentencing rules mean most are eligible for parole halfway through their sentence, as long as they have behaved behind bars.