This research reports on a collaborative project between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ), which has taken an alternative approach to determine the prevalence of ex-Service personnel in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
The aim of this article is to estimate the proportion of Regular veterans in England and Wales who are in prison or supervised by a Probation Trust. A crosssectional data linkage approach was taken, matching a database of Service leavers with prison and probation data. The proportion of those in the criminal justice system who are veterans was estimated to be 3.4%. For men aged 18-54 years, the proportion of the general population in prison was 43% (95% CI: 37%-49%) higher than the proportion of veterans in prison. There is no evidence that veterans are over-represented in the criminal justice system.
Bray, I., O'Malley, P., Ashcroft, S., Adedeji, L. and Spriggs, A. (2013) Ex-military Personnel in the Criminal Justice System: A Cross-sectional Study. Howard J Crim Justice, 52:516-526.