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Juvenile Offenders (Convictions)

Volume 22: debated on Monday 26 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of juveniles cautioned by the police in the Metropolitan Police area are convicted within the following two years.

I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that recent studies support the findings published in the commissioner's report for 1978 (Cmnd. 7580, page 66) that, of juvenile first-time offenders given a caution, about 20 per cent. came again to the notice of the police within about 18 months to 2 years.