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The number of violent criminals who were freed under community supervision and then charged with a further serious offence jumped last year by 36%.

In 2006/7, 83 offenders supervised by probation and other agencies in England and Wales were charged with offences such as murder, manslaughter and rape.

This compares with 61 in 2005/06, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.

The number of offenders sent back to prison for breaching the terms of their release was 1,731 - up from 1,531.

Of the 83 offenders who were charged, 12 were among a group of 1,249 who had been assessed having the highest risk of harming the public, and who were supposed to be under the most rigorous level of supervision.

The figures also showed the number of registered sex offenders charged or cautioned for breaching their notification requirements - such as informing police when they move house - rose 30% to 1,678.

But the figures do not include those at the lowest level of risk to the public.

Sharing information

In all 12% of offenders that were placed in medium and high-risk categories by Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa) were either returned to prison for breach of licence or committed new crimes.

Justice minister Maria Eagle said that protecting the public was of "paramount importance" to the government.

"We have one of the most advanced systems in the world for monitoring and managing dangerous offenders," she said.

"Mappa protects the public by providing robust communication and sharing of information between all responsible authorities, but we are not complacent and continue to look for ways to improve how we manage these offenders, and how best to support those responsible for the task locally."

She said the new Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR) had begun to be rolled out to every probation and prison establishment in England and Wales during October.

"For the first time police, probation and prison services will be working on the same IT system, thus improving the quality and timeliness of risk assessments and interventions to prevent re-offending."



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