Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim "shocking" figures show failure by probation officers

Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim 'shocking' figures show failure by probation officersConvicts including violent thugs spared jail committed another offenceTory MPs have said figures show a problem with the probation serviceJustice Secretary announced plans to tackle entrenched reoffending | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 Around 50,000 criminals who were spared jail went on to commit another crime within a year, figures revealed yesterday. The convicts – including violent thugs, burglars and drug dealers – were handed community service or a suspended jail term, leaving them free to commit new crimes.