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An evaluation of the impact of restorative cautioning: findings from a reconviction study

By Aidan Wilcox, Richard Young and Carolyn Hoyle


In contrast to traditional cautions, restorative cautioning aims to encourage the offender to take\ud responsibility for repairing the harm caused by their offence. A restorative caution is a meeting\ud facilitated by a trained police off i c e r, based around a stru c t u red dialogue about the off e n c e\ud and its implications (with active involvement from the offender and the victim, if present). The\ud re s e a rch examined whether restorative cautioning had an impact on resanctioning rates. This\ud was explored by examining the policy of restorative cautioning (by comparing all cautions in\ud Thames Valley with traditional cautions in Sussex and Wa rw i c k s h i re) and the practice of\ud restorative cautioning (by comparing restorative conferences, restorative cautions and\ud traditional cautions within Thames Valley). The term resanctioning is used, as this includes\ud cautions, final warnings and reprimands, as well as convictions

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Publisher: The Home Office
Year: 2004
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