Male prisoners’ re-offending rates

In the manifesto we’ll have a good deal to say about the anti-male bias of the justice system. For men, prison simply isn’t working as a deterrent. So few women serve custodial sentences, it can’t be a deterrent for them, either. Prisoners’ time should be used to address issues such as mental health problems, illiteracy and innumeracy, but it isn’t. The coalition has cut back on investment in these areas.

As testament to the ineffectiveness of prison, you need only look at the response of the Ministry of Justice to our recent FoI request about re-offending rates. Of the male prisoners released from prison in 2003, almost a third returned to prison within a year, almost half within three years, and 59% within 10 years.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • I am so pleased that J4MB is highlighting these issues .  Mr. Collins article is just excellent. It really does bring into stark relief the effect of our beliefs about men being a problem rather than having problems. Particularly telling is the changes in the proportions( male /female) over the years. 
    I come across a number of issues with regard to reoffending. 
    The first is the number of men in prison who have a range of problems , from the 25% who have learning difficulties onward to mental health problems, post traumatic stress, drug or alcohol problems and so on. In fact our prisons bring into close contact some of the most wicked people in our society with some of the most vulnerable . The result is often that vulnerable young men are drawn into criminal networks as stooges , runners and lookouts . 
    The second is the lack of support once released. Most especially housing( as we know men are way at the bottom of the list for social housing)  and employment( again remarkably little help in this regard for men). I do understand public reticence but ” the devil makes work for idle hands”. 
    Thirdly the growth in existence of ” Registers” sex offending and abuse. What probably isn’t known by the public is that these take in quite minor offences. So men( mainly) will be on a register that gives a prospective employer much more concern than is really warranted.
    So overall not only are men particularly badly treated by the system there are a series of ” own goals” from the system  that increase the likelihood of re-offending. 
    It is not uncommon to come across young men who actually regard being in prison as preferable to what is often a pretty miserable existence. I am appalled but not surprised at the rising problem of male  suicide in our prisons. 

    I am not arguing for people not to be punished, and serving a full sentence can be helpful as our prison staff often do good work with their charges in difficult circumstances . But there should be an idea that once the price has been paid the focus is on getting that man to be a useful citizen.  And there should be more investment , as there is for women, in addressing the root problems rather than imprisonment .