The number of rapists being cautioned rather than jailed has more than doubled over the past decade, it emerged today.
Home Office figures revealed 40 rapists had been cautioned in 2004 while there were 19 cautions in 1994, the Times reported. The figures come at a time when the conviction rate for rape allegations has fallen sharply.
I’m not all that familiar with the legal system in the UK, but from what I gather a “caution” basically means that the accused admits to their crime, it goes on record, and they’re released without jail time. So here we have more admitted rapists going free, and a simultaneous decrease in the conviction rate. Fewer than 6% of reported rapes result in a conviction. Go read the article, feel sick.
Thanks to Roger for the link.