Police-recorded crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales – the largest annual rise for a decade – according to the Office of National Statistics.
The latest crime figures for the 12 months to March also show an 18% rise in violent crime, including a 20% surge in gun crime and knife crime. The official figures also show a 26% rise in the murder rate to 723 homicides, which includes the 96 cases of manslaughter at Hillsborough in 1989.
Prisons- a Collective Failure?
Rob Allen writes...
"As part of the celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, today has seen efforts to promote the rules bearing his name which seek to establish minimum standards for the world’s prisons. The first of these rules states that “the safety and security of prisoners, staff, service providers and visitors shall be ensured at all times”. How shameful therefore that today also saw the Chief Inspector of Prisons publish a damning indictment of the prison system in England and Wales. A year ago, in his 2015-16 report, Peter Clarke found that too many prisons had become violent and dangerous places. Far from seeing improvements since then, things have got even worse with “startling increases in all types of violence”. Surely, it is- or should be- a national scandal that there was not a single establishment that Clarke inspected in 2016-17 in which it was safe to hold children and young people."
Killers make better cell mates – here’s why I’d rather share with a murderer
Alex Cavendish writes, During my time in prison, I had quite a few different cell mates. They ranged from decent blokes through to the violent, odd and even predatory. However, people are often surprised when I tell them that I’d much rather share a jail cell with a murderer than with a drug addict or a thief.
Why councils are looking overseas for social workers
The number of overseas social workers hired to work in the UK each year more than tripled between 2012 and 2016. Community Care reports on a small, but increasingly important, part of the workforce.