Hughes: Knife law may increase crime

Liberal Democrat Justice minister Simon Hughes has warned that mandatory jail sentences for carrying a knife could make young people more likely to commit crime. Mr Hughes said the proposals could lead to younger teenagers ending up in jail after being pressurised by older youths to carry knives for them. The Economist notes that mandatory sentences are being repealed in the US as the rules further fill overcrowded prisons.

Simon Hughes MP on a recent visit to Maghull with Lib Dem Cllrs. Bruce Hubbard, Jen Robertson and Wyn Maher.

Simon Hughes MP on a recent visit to Maghull with Lib Dem Cllrs. Bruce Hubbard, Jen Robertson and Wyn Maher.

In Today’s Independent i, Page: 25 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 13 The Economist, Page: 31

Nice to see Simon bringing a little sense to this debate. Dealing with the consequences of crime and the causes of it are rarely simple. The present and often simplistic debate in parts of the national press over knife crime required a sober contribution.

With thanks to the LGiU for this story.

3 thoughts on “Hughes: Knife law may increase crime

  1. Alicia Fairclough says:

    Dear Tony,
    I am a 15 year old Sefton resident and I was interested in your recent post regarding Knife crime across Sefton. I feel very strongly towards the topic of Knife crime and would be interested to know if you have any statistics of incidents involving young people of Sefton using knives as a weapon in comparison to the national statistics. This is an area of concern to me as I feel very unsafe when I go out with friends to public places and feel vulnerable to an attack. I would be interested to know if you and your council have any specific plans to reduce knife crime and help the younger people of Sefton feel safer on the streets.
    Thank you,
    Alicia Fairclough.

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