Employment call for ex-criminals in Thames Valley
24 January 2014 Last updated at 00:33 GMT
There are calls for businesses to be more willing to employ people with criminal convictions.
Figures obtained by the BBC show 982 out of 1,664 offenders were in work by the end of their probation period in the Thames Valley Police area.
About one in 10 offenders in the county have committed another offence within six months, and around a quarter of all offenders reoffend within a year.
According to the probation service part of the reason more former convicts fail to work is because many employers are not willing to risk having them on their books.