One in 10 Kent criminals are back before the courts within three months of being released from prison.
Last year 1,500 of the county's 16,000 adult offenders committed further crimes within this period, a rate which has been rising for about three years.
Critics of the prison and probation systems say not enough attention is paid to re-educating offenders to stop them getting into trouble again.
Kent Probation says it will do more to tackle criminals' attitudes.
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