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Subject:  Society failing in Britain Date:  1/7/2013  10:44 AM
Author:  telegraph Number:  664887 of 841198

More than 26,000 repeat offenders were given a caution or verbal warning instead of being taken before the court, figures from the Ministry of Justice have revealed.

The figures, for the year up to June 2012, include up to 4,500 criminals with more than 15 previous offences on their criminal record.

This means 4.9 per cent of all adult offenders escaped with a caution, the highest proportion on record and more than twice the 2.2 per cent recorded a decade ago, reported the Daily Telegraph.

A total of 91,475 adult offenders were given a reprimand, warning or caution for a new crime and of those, 26,346 had three or more previous convictions or cautions.

Nearly 4,500 were guilty of 15 or more previous offences.

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