Early Intervention of the Criminal Justice System
Youth Restorative Disposal (YRD) is a pilot measure that offers a quick and proportionate response to low level offending behaviour by a young person and allows victims to have a say in how the offence is resolved. Using restorative justice techniques the young person has to face up to the impact of their offence, offer an apology and examine why the offence took place. When a YRD is issued it is recorded locally and not on the Police National Computer; It does not give the young person a Criminal Record. Only young people between the ages of 10-17 who have not previously received a Reprimand, Final Warning, Caution or other disposal are eligible. Serious crimes are not eligible for a YRD and both the offender and victim must agree to the disposal. The YRD is currently only available in pilot areas.
Reprimand is a formal verbal warning given by a police officer to a young person who admits they are guilty of a minor first offence. The Reprimand is recorded on the Police National Computer meaning that the young person will have a Criminal Record. Once a young person has received a Reprimand they cannot be reprimanded again.
Final Warning is a second and "final" warning administered by the police. A Final Warning triggers immediate referral to the YOT. The YOT will carry out an assessment and offer a voluntary programme of intervention with the aim of reducing the likelihood of further offending behaviour. The Final Warning is recorded on the Police National Computer meaning that the young person will have a Criminal Record.
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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