Panel – Time to Get Soft on Crime

Politicians compete to see who can be the toughest on crime, because they think this gets them votes. The public insist that the criminal mayhem that spices up our media needs an appropriate response. So politicians come forward with a …
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David Simon – Some People are More Equal than Others

There are two Americas. In one, bankers get golden parachutes, insider traders return to society as well-paid consultants, and influence is for sale. In the other, opportunity is scarce and forgiveness scarcer, jail awaits those caught possessing recreational drugs, and …
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Criminals today, neighbours tomorrow

  Is prison for punishment or rehabilitation – and what’s the alternative?   Unlike many of the theorists illuminating the complexities of crime and punishment, Peter Moskos has first-hand experience. Moskos spent several years on the midnight shift as a …
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