Two-year resanctioning study: a comparison of restorative and traditional cautions

This study reports the results of a two-year reconviction study of restorative and traditional cautions.

The work follows on from a previous study of restorative cautions in Thames Valley (Hoyle et al., 2002) which found that around one-quarter of offenders reported that they had either desisted from crime or reduced their offending at least in part because of the restorative caution.

This report compares two-year resanctioning rates in Thames Valley against rates in two similar police force areas which used traditional cautioning. It also makes a comparison of different types of caution within Thames Valley.

The research suggests that the restorative cautioning initiative was no more effective than traditional cautioning in terms of resanctioning. However the scheme did not appear to increase resanctioning. The earlier research had identified wider benefits for victims and offenders of restorative cautioning.

Resource themes: 
Community, Courts and sentencing
Resource categories: 
Policy and research