Cardiff is home to one of Wales’ five prisons6 , a Category B prison with a capacity of 784. You can read more about the well-being of Cardiff’s prison population in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Population Needs Assessment. Around half of all crime across the UK is committed by people who have already been through the Criminal Justice System. The cost of this reoffending to the public is estimated to be between £9.5 and £13 billion per year across the UK. The impact of reoffending can be destructive and long-term, affecting not only victims of crime and their families as well as the wider community, but also the offender and their family.
Cardiff’s reoffending rate stands higher than the Welsh average, at 33.6% in 2015, and that of most other ‘Core Cities’.