I would add that in terms of the meetings that I had at the beginning of March, I very much appreciated the openness of members of all parties to some of the suggestions that I was bringing forward. I also circulated an e-mail earlier today to all the members of the committee regarding some possible amendments for your consideration. I hope that they have been received.
Regarding the recidivism statistic, there was an unfortunate error that occurred in the initial draft of the report that was provided to the Department of Justice in November 2012. That is the source of the figure of 38%.
There was an error in the coding of some of the data. That error was discovered on March 14 and immediately communicated to the minister's office, and a revised report was provided on March 18 with that data corrected. That five-day period was quite laborious because we had to go back to the original files to see what had happened. Frankly, what had happened was that individuals who had a previous criminal conviction were lumped together with individuals who had a previous finding of NCRMD leading to the number that you've quoted. That number is an error.
Clearly, the number of individuals who had a criminal conviction was substantially higher than the number of individuals who had a previous finding of NCR. A new report was submitted to the minister's office on March 18 regarding that data. It shows that among the homicide offenders, 5.2% had a previous finding of NCR; among the attempted murder offenders, 4.6% had a previous finding of NCR; and among the sexual offences, 9.5% had a previous finding of NCR.
I emphasize that those are findings for any type of offence on an NCR. In each of the categories, there was one person with a related offence. So one previous homicide became a homicide NCR, one previous attempted murder, and one previous sexual offence.