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  • Thursday, 10 April, 2014

    We enjoyed this response to us from @OSCP5 on the correct terminology for what are usually referred to as 'crime statistics'.

    Quite right!

  • Thursday, 10 April, 2014

    The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced that the 'corporate renewal plan' embarked on by private security firm G4S 'represents the right direction of travel' to meet the government's expectations as a customer.

  • Thursday, 10 April, 2014

    The prosecution of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock should never have been pursued, Stafford Scott, co-founder of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign, writes in today's Guardian.

    Two of the witnesses, given the pseudonyms John Brown and Rhodes Levin, had previously been paid thousands of pounds by the police as a 'reward' for their help in the earlier prosecutions, he points out.

  • Wednesday, 09 April, 2014

    The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions for hampering its inquiry into the roll-out of the Universal Credit. According to the Financial Times (free registration required), the Department failed to provide 'accurate, timely and detailed information' to the Committee.

  • Wednesday, 09 April, 2014

    A new report from the House of Commons Public Administration Committee claims that there is strong evidence that the police are under-recording crimes, with numerical targets giving officers a perverse incentive to mis-record offences.

  • Tuesday, 08 April, 2014

    The government's troubled families programme is likely to miss its target to 'turn around' 120,000  so-called troubled families, the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee argues in a new report.

  • Monday, 31 March, 2014
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  • Sunday, 30 March, 2014

    In the latest development in the simmering prison book ban controversy, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has written an 'open letter' to the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

    The letter looks set to add to confusion over the reason for the ban on prisoners receiving books and other items in packages from their families and friends.

    On the one hand, Mr Grayling states that books have not been included 'in a list of privilege items that have to be earned by offenders - to do so would be wholly wrong'.

  • Friday, 28 March, 2014

    Police in England and Wales used tasers more than 10,000 in 2013, The Guardian reports, an increase of 27 per cent in a year.

    Figures from the annual Police use of taser statistics also show that taser use has increased dramatically year on year since 2009, when they were used just over 3,000 times.

  • Thursday, 27 March, 2014

    A new joint report by the Probation and Police Inspectorates on integrated offender management (PDF, new window) has concluded that it is 'a promising approach'.

    In their joint forward Paul McDowell and Tom Winsor, HM Chief Inspectors of Probation and Constabulary respectively, wrote: