Amending the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

This briefing outlines Revolving Doors’ position on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, focusing on Part 6 of the Bill, which deals with cautions.

Young adults receive 31% of all cautions for low-level, non-violent offences driven by their multiple unmet needs. Used effectively, cautions with conditions attached can divert young adults away from the criminal justice system into services that can turn their lives around.

To give young adults the best chance of breaking free from a cycle of crisis and crime, they need access to employment, education, and volunteering opportunities. If diversionary and community cautions show up on a basic DBS check for three months, however, such cautions will detract from these opportunities.

We are therefore calling for conditions that support and encourage the reduction of reoffending.