This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
A review aimed at stopping serious and repeat offenders from escaping with a caution has been launched.
Working closely with the police and other criminal justice professionals, the review will scrutinise the way in which ‘simple’ cautions are currently used and consider the need for any changes.
It will examine:
existing guidance and practice
whether there are some offence types for which the use of simple cautions is generally inappropriate – and if so, what procedures should be adopted
the reasons why multiple cautions are given to some criminals
the difference in the use of cautions by police force areas and whether increased scrutiny is needed to ensure they are used consistently
the impact on individuals of accepting a caution including any potential impact on future employment