"We all make mistakes." Nowhere is the cliché more apt than when it comes to relationships.
By the end of 2008, the most recent date where figures have been provided, some 3,018 offenders were convicted of a third burglary.
Mr Clarke also confirmed that IPPs would be scrapped eight years after they were introduced by Tony Blair.
They involve set minimum sentences for the most serious offenders who can be freed only if the Parole Board is satisfied that they do not pose a risk to the public.
Mr Clarke also announced that minimum jail terms for those who threaten with a knife would be extended to juveniles.
It represented an embarrassing setback for the Justice Secretary who, 24 hours previously, told MPs that it was not a British tradition to impose automatic jail terms on children.