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 The Economist notes that mandatory sentences are being repealed in the US as the rules further fill overcrowded prisons.
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.