Crime & Justice

It’s great to talk tough on crime, but evidence from all around the world shows that if we are serious about reducing crime rates we need to focus on tackling the underlying social causes that lead people into making these poor life choices. Crime policy should be built upon evidence of what works rather than ideological agendas.

 

We know that early intervention to lead people out of criminal lifestyles is the most effective and cost efficient means of creating a safer society.

 

Where individuals do fall into crime we must reform our criminal justice system to focus not just on punishment but more on rehabilitation, in particular identifying those for whom criminal activity is a result of drug abuse or mental illness and directing them where appropriate towards treatment rather than criminal conviction.