'The Crime File' series - Inside Prisons and Probation

Tony Blair's government: dishonest about crime and about the causes of crime

The Guardian, June 22 2005

Maybe nothing really changes. Several hundred years ago when red-faced judges and pot-bellied politicians were happy to procure power by ordering men to be hanged by the neck and left dangling to rot by the wayside, there was a popular rhyme: "Little villains oft submit to fate, so great ones may enjoy the world in state."

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The looking glass world of prisons - not so much a punishment, more a refuge and a market place

The Guardian, June 23 2005

The prisoner is on the phone to his sister. He is due in court soon and he is hoping for a short sentence. She doesn't see it that way: "You don't want to come out. You'll get right back on it. Lola's on it, Tedda's on it..."

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The Home Office builds a nightmare and calls it progress

The Guardian, June 23 2005

There is an old saying that a camel is really just a horse which was designed by a government committee. So it seems to be with NOMS - the new National Offender Management Service which is due to merge prisons with probation.

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