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Convictions: Young Offenders

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 10 to 12, (b) 13 to 15, (c) 16 to 17 and (d) 18 to 21-year-olds were (i) convicted and (ii) issued with a caution for all offences in each police force area in each year since 1997. (286611)

The number of persons found guilty at all courts and issued with a caution for all offences in England and Wales, by age group and police force area, 1997 to 2007 (latest available) are shown in tables that have been placed in the House Library.

From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These data are included in tables 5 to 8.

The Government’s strategy and reforms on youth crime are working; the latest National Statistics on juvenile reoffending show that the level of juvenile reoffending is at its lowest since records for the frequency of reoffending began in 2000, with the juvenile reoffending rate down by almost a quarter between 2000 and 2007.

Cautions and court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.