Criminal justice statistics are set to become more transparent and user-friendly under changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice
Responding to a full consultation on improving the department’s statistics, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed the following changes:
- The introduction of a quarterly criminal justice statistics bulletin. This will give an overview of trends in crime, out-of-court disposals, prosecutions, convictions and sentencing.
- A new single measure of reoffending. This would get rid of the six different ways reoffending is measured. This includes consolidating five separate publications on reoffending into a single publication.
- More consistent statistical definitions across MoJ publications and clarification of certain important measurements.
Introducing the changes, MoJ Chief Statistician Iain Bell said:
'These changes will lead to a more coherent and accurate statistical picture of criminal justice for all users. Timely and comprehensive statistics are invaluable for policymakers, the media, academics and any interested members of the public. We are particularly pleased that a more consistent measure of reoffending will now be available.'
National Statistician Jil Matheson said:
'I am pleased that so many users took the time to provide their views to the statistics consultation by the Ministry of Justice. This response sets forward a programme of work which will significantly improve the transparency of criminal justice statistics and I look forward to seeing these improvements take effect over the coming year.'