"prosecutors must consider ‘the cost to the prosecution service and the wider criminal justice system, especially where it could be regarded as excessive when weighed against any likely penalty."
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According to a Daily Mail article today, see: dailymail.co.uk. this could see junior gang members being let off scot free. A source gave this as an example: ‘There may be cases – for example where a court might convict a defendant but decide not to record that conviction by giving an absolute discharge – where police officers or prosecutors might anticipate that a prosecution is not a proportionate way to approach the criminality.’
The CPS already operate on a balance of probability of success before bringing charges, and the decision to charge an offender has been removed from the Police for years.
I spent much of my time during the 80's and 90's bringing offenders to justice, but decided to opt out of the system when the paperwork and red tape I had to encounter on a daily basis started to take longer to process than it took the offender to re-offend! I dread to think where this might now take us, but surely can't be right.