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Justice: Out-of-court Disposals

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of The Bishop of Hereford The Bishop of Hereford Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persistent offenders were given out-of-court settlements in 2010.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Figures on previous criminal histories for those receiving out-of-court disposals are limited to cautions (including reprimands and warnings for juveniles) and convictions.

The following table shows offenders receiving a reprimand, warning or caution in 2010 by number of previous convictions and cautions.

These figures relate to separate cautioning occasions; where an offender was cautioned on the same occasion for several offences it is the details of the primary offence that have been presented. These figures have been drawn from the police's administrative IT system, the police national computer, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the police.

Offenders receiving a reprimand, warning or caution by age group and number of previous convictions and cautions in 2010
England and Wales Number and percentage
Number of previous convictions/cautions
0 1-2 3-6 7-10 11-14 15+ All offenders
70.8 28.2 0.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 100.0
Juveniles 41,295 16,443 466 69 28 8 58,309
48.3 26.6 14.4 4.8 2.4 3.5 100.0
Adults 95,957 52,772 28,519 9,612 4,758 7,007 198,625
53.4 26.9 11.3 3.8 1.9 2.7 100.0
All ages 137,252 69,215 28,985 9,681 4,786 7,015 256,934

These figures cover offenders cautioned for indictable offences and certain summary offences that are recorded by the police (they exclude a range of less serious summary offences such as television licence evasion, speeding and vehicle tax offences).

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