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 Many cases of Rape, Burglary and Violent Crime now Receives a Caution.  The Justice Ministry has been involved in revealing this today. Unbelievable? Yes! It's the creation of a NEW NORMAL. Juntawatch perceives and interprets this as embedding the threat of criminality in communities to entice people into self-defence strategies, in of itself an arrestable offence.
JW speaks from Experience; As this is what happened to Juntawatch a month ago.

Police cautions under review, says Ministry of Justice
3 April 2013 Last updated at 08:31

"The use of police cautions for criminal offences in England and Wales is to be reviewed, the government has announced.

Cautions, issued at the discretion of police, are a way of sanctioning criminals without going to court.

But concerns have been raised that they are being used to deal with repeat offenders and for those who commit serious crimes, contrary to advice.

The review will look at the way they are used and consider any need for changes to current laws or guidance.

'No increase'

Last year more than 200,000 people who committed crime were cautioned.

The vast majority of those received a formal warning from police about their conduct, following an admission of guilt.

Two kinds: Formal and informal
The informal one is an oral warning given by a police officer and does not count towards a criminal record.
A formal caution will normally be given at a police station by an officer of inspector rank or above. It is regarded as a serious matter and may be cited in any subsequent court proceedings
A caution is not a conviction. But it is administered only in cases where there is sufficient evidence for a prosecution and where the subject has admitted guilt

A formal caution is normally given at a police station by an officer of inspector rank or above. It is not a conviction, but is regarded as a serious matter and may be cited in subsequent court proceedings.

This review has not been prompted by an increase in numbers, says BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman. The use of cautions has fallen by 42% over the past five years.

Instead, it is driven by concerns that, contrary to guidance given to police, they are being used to deal with serious offences and repeat offenders, says our correspondent.

Policing Minister Damian Green said the review would look at why serious or repeat offenders were being offered cautions, and why there appeared to be regional differences among police forces.

"Serious and repeat offenders shouldn't expect to escape with a caution," he said, adding that the guidelines have been updated to clarify that.

He said there were guidelines for exceptional circumstances where a caution was appropriate even for a serious offence, such as the mental health or the age of the offender.

"You do have to give that ultimate decision to the police office involved, but in terms of having overall confidence in the system, cautions should only be given for low-level or first-time offences," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

In the most recent annual figures covering offenders who were either cautioned or found guilty in court, more than one in four people involved in violence against others, and one in five sex offenders, received cautions, including 19 cautioned for rape.

'Cheaper' option

Chairman of the Magistrates' Association, John Fassenfelt, said his group, which has about 28,000 members and represents more than 80% of serving volunteer magistrates, had been appealing to the government for about four years to deal with the issue.

"They are not being used for the reason that they were introduced for," he said.

He said that one reason for the use of cautions could be that they are "cheaper" for police as "they don't have to prepare so much paperwork to bring it to court."

"My argument is that every crime has a victim, and every victim deserves some paperwork. If you think that 11,000 individuals were cautioned because of violent crime last year, therefore there were 11,000 victims. None of those victims got compensated by the court."

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the review followed calls for "greater public confidence and transparency in police use of cautions for repeat offenders and for those who commit serious crimes".

In a statement, the MoJ said it would examine:
Existing guidance and practice relating to cautions
Whether there are offences where use of cautions would be "inappropriate" - and if so, what should be used instead
Reasons why multiple cautions are given to some criminals
The difference in their use by different police forces - and whether increased scrutiny is needed to ensure they are used consistently
The impact on individuals of accepting a caution, including how it might affect future employment

The MoJ said it was working with the Home Office and Attorney General's Office, and the review would closely involve the police, Crown Prosecution Service, victims' organisations, the judiciary and the legal community.

The review will report back to ministers by the end of May."


 Interestingly this all-channels BBC RADIO news report (this morning) is NOT appearing in any of the Press, apart from a link from the MoJ page to the BBC report above. No other mention!
 Is this a new agreement between Press and Police, between Censors and Media so as to not have retained archives easily available on-line of the Most Serious issue after Banks and Benefits, ie CRIME? IF so, that's a crime in itself.
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