Over the past decade our criminal justice system has undergone a quiet revolution. Rather than being prosecuted (or not) through court, most people who are thought to have committed an offence are now offered a form of settlement (e.g. payment of a sum of money etc) by the police or prosecutor in return for the reassurance that they won’t receive a criminal conviction.
This quiet revolution begs a range of profound questions including for example:
- Is this diversion from court a progressive and creative way of managing scarce resources?
- Do people subject to these out-of-court offers feel pressured into acceptance with little understanding of the consequences for their records? How are decisions made?
- Should there be a further expansion in these out-of-court (‘direct’) measures?
“Diversion from Prosecution”
David Harvie, The Crown Agent for Scotland and Professor Lesley McAra, Professor of Penology, Edinburgh University Law School
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163 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 2JX