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NCJ Number: 149309 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Histories of Those Cautioned in 1985, 1988 and 1991
Author(s): S Keith
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Statistics Dept
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Croydon, Surrey CR0 9YD, England
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: An examination of the criminal histories of a sample of nearly 8,500 individuals cautioned in England and Wales during 1985, 1988, and 1991 revealed that 3 percent in 1985 and 8 percent in 1991 had previously received two or more cautions.
Abstract: Eighty percent of those cautioned in 1985 had no previous criminal histories, although this figure fell to 75 percent in 1988 and 66 percent in 1991. The proportion of juveniles cautioned decreased from 80 percent in 1985 and 66 percent in 1988 to under 50 percent in 1991. Males cautioned were twice as likely as females to have previous criminal histories. About one in 10 individuals were convicted of a standard list offense within 1 year of the caution. About 85 percent of those cautioned in 1985 and 1988 were not convicted of a standard list offense within 2 years of the caution; 72 percent of the 1985 sample had not been convicted within 5 years. Young adults with no previous convictions who committed theft and violent offenses were less likely to be convicted within 5 years if they were cautioned rather than convicted. Those previously convicted were over three times as likely to be convicted again as those with no past criminal histories. In 1991, Asian males cautioned (76 percent) were more likely than European males (63 percent) to have no past criminal histories. 6 references, 19 tables, and 5 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign crime statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminal histories; England; Foreign offenders; Juvenile statistics; Male female offender comparisons; Offender statistics; Wales
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program Home Office Statistical Bulletin, N 8/94
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