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Children Statistics and Information

19. Recidivism rate of rehabilitated offenders[1]
Reference year in which the rehabilitated offenders were discharged Recidivism rate of the rehabilitated offenders who were admitted to the correctional institutions under the age of 21 and discharged in the year under reference
2008 26.8%
2009 23.2%
2010 20.9%
2011 17.7%
2012 15.6%
2013 13.4%
2014 12.6%
2015 11.9%
2016 10.2%
2017 9.8%
2018 10.2%



Recidivism rate is defined as the percentage of re-admissions of local rehabilitated offenders to the correctional institutions following conviction of new offences within two years after discharge. The local rehabilitated offenders refer to those persons who hold HK Identity Card (but excluding imported labour, foreign domestic helpers and consulate staff) and are released after serving their sentence.