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Desperate times hidden by crime report spin

07 May 2013
 New statistics have been heralded as showing that crime is not linked to poverty. Annette Mackin looks beyond the hype to a bitterly divided society

Suicide is up as austerity bites

07 May 2013
The fall in crime figures does not mean there’s an improved sense of wellbeing in Britain. 

The bloody product of a violent society

16 April 2013
The bombing at the Boston marathon last Monday left at least three people dead and many more injured. 

Crime and punishment - why prisons don't work

05 June 2012
More than 1,100 people in UK prisons committed suicide between 1996 and 2009. By 2010 there were around 35 incidents of prisoners self-harming every day—and this rate has continued to rise.

How governments created overcrowding in jails

05 June 2012
Britain’s prisons are more overcrowded than ever, with around 16,000 more people in prison than a decade ago.

A system that makes women suffer

05 June 2012
Women account for almost half of the self-harm incidents in prison—even though only 5 percent of prisoners are women.

Prison doesn't work - but don't trust Ken Clarke

06 July 2010
The tory justice secretary Kenneth Clarke last week sent right wing politicians into fits of rage with his plans to reduce the prison population.

Labour targets the vulnerable

23 February 2010
Labour will end the prisoner early release scheme in April as the election hots up.

Should victims decide crime policy?

17 November 2009
Jack Straw announced last week that he wants to increase the minimum time in jail for anyone who commits murder with a knife from 15 to 25 years.

What causes child violence?

15 September 2009
The horrific case of two brothers aged ten and 11 who violently assaulted two other boys has re-opened the issue of children and violence. The media coverage has sparked panic, with a sharp rise in calls and referrals to already stretched social workers.

Probation: Labour passes buck over crime

16 June 2009
There are depressing similarities between the case of the two young French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, brutally murdered in south London last July, and the case of Baby Peter, who died a slow and painful death in 2007 at the hands of his carers.

Notting Hill Carnival crackdown targets young black men

26 August 2008
London's Notting Hill Carnival is rightly hailed as a celebration of multi-ethnic Britain.

British ‘justice’: rounding up the usual suspects

05 August 2008
Barry George didn’t kill the television presenter Jill Dando. A judge and jury has said so and the media and police now reluctantly agree.

Knife crime: Survey reveals young people’s growing fears

29 July 2008
Politicians and the media continue to call for crackdowns on young people as the way to deal with knife crime.

‘My son was killed by a knife but he was failed by the system’

22 July 2008
Leon Francis was just 24 years old when he was fatally stabbed in December last year.

Gordon Brown's tough talk won't stop knives

16 July 2008
It seems that in the last week the entire political establishment has jumped on the issue of knife crime.

Knife crime: ‘crackdowns’ are no solution

08 July 2008
Most people are rightly horrified at the number of young people who are victims of knife crime or violent attack.

New Labour’s draconian plan to humiliate offenders

17 June 2008
A new crime report commissioned by the government shows how far Labour has abandoned any notion that the criminal justice system should attempt to rehabilitate offenders.

Stop viewing the young as a threat, says Asbo report

12 February 2008
A new report argues that the use of Anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) against young people is counterproductive.

Why police crackdowns will not cut knife crime

22 January 2008
According to the press and politicians Britain is awash with gangs of knife-carrying young people, who respect no law and will slash anyone who gets in their way.

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