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The Fear Factory
Two decades of politicians playing the law and order 'arms race' have brought a criminal justice crisis to the UK.
Especially when it comes to our young - where we're ultimately creating more of the very thing we fear... criminals.
Despite an all-time high for re-offending rates, despite prisons at bursting point - we plan to keep on building and continue to incarcerate more young people than any other country in Western Europe.
The public's fear of youth crime bears little relation to reality and the young are more demonised, more alienated and more easily caught in a self-fulfilling prophesy of our own making...