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Tolan, Graham and Seymour, Mairead (2014) Increasing the potential for diversion in the Irish Criminal Justice System: the role of the Garda Síochána adult cautioning scheme. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies , 14 , (1) .

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Established in 2006, the Garda Síochána Adult Caution Scheme provides a mechanism to divert adult offenders, aged 18 years and over, from the criminal justice system by way of a formal police caution in lieu of prosecution before the courts. Drawing on statistical data provided by the Central Statistics Office, this paper explores the use of the scheme over a five year period from 2006 to 2010. It identifies the types of offences for which cautions are most commonly administered, the age and gender profile of offenders involved, variability in the application of the scheme across the country, and the extent to which offenders come to the attention of An Garda Síochána post-caution. Overall, the paper analyses the role of adult cautioning in the Irish context and provides some observations on the potential for increased diversion, through expanding the remit of the scheme in future years.

Item Type:Article
Date:2014
Volume:14
Number:1
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty
MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency > Police (Garda)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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