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Restorative Police Cautioning in Aylesbury — From Degrading to Reintegrative Shaming Ceremonies?

Young, Richard
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Criminal Law Review, pp. 126-38. Reprinted in Restorative Justice. Declan Roche (2003), ed. Pp. 163-175. The International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Second Series. Aldershot, Hants, England: Dartmouth/Ashgate.

This article presents the findings of an exploratory study of a new form of police cautioning in which victims and others affected by an offence are invited to participate in a cautioning session. The sessions are influenced by John Braithwaite’s theory of reintegrative shaming as well as by the philosophy of ‘restorative justice’. It is argued that whilst elements of ‘old-style’ cautioning present in Aylesbury, the advent of restorative cautioning nonetheless represents an important and welcome shift in policing practices. Author’s abstract.


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