Life prisoners are more concerned with issues such as the health and wellbeing of their families than they are with their own psychological wellbeing, interviews with 87 lifers by the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology have shown. ‘Missing somebody,’ ‘feeling your life is being wasted,’ ‘missing social life’ and ‘being sexually frustrated’ also featured […]
Crime and justice
Gang membership increases the chances of offending, antisocial behaviour, and drug use among young people according to a study published by NatCen. There is no evidence that the number of young people joining gangs is on the increase. The research concludes problem children and those exhibiting anti-social behaviour are most likely to join.
Time to consider the full range of issues involved in policy options when it comes to drugs. So says Professor Stephen Pudney who, with colleagues from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, has undertaken a comprehensive cost benefit analysis of the licensing and regulation of cannabis.
If we want to have a proper civic conversation, it’s time to do something about the critical shortage of social scientists with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate data argues David Walker.
Two years on from the 2011 riots, an arts project is giving young people the opportunity to voice the issues which worry them most. Peter Gibson from the Rathbone Charity says the results have been striking
Are we any wiser about what the Spending Review means for us or do we need greater transparency and harder evidence about where the pain is being felt?
In the pressure-cooker environment of disability debate and policy, just how do we stop politicians from “cherry-picking” data that fits their prejudices.
In a wide-ranging online survey (.pdf) of more than 90,000 LGBT individuals across Europe, almost half (47 %) said that they had felt personally discriminated against or harassed on the grounds of sexual orientation in the year preceding the survey. A majority of respondents who were attacked in the past year said that the attack or threat […]
Having a ‘community trigger’ (a mechanism for victims of anti-social behaviour to bring in agencies to deal with the case) can help increase confidence in the agencies’ response to persistent and difficult cases according to a new Home Office report. The report on a series of trials concludes that the triggers allow greater flexibility for […]
Adolescents who are close to their father but do not live with them report higher self-esteem, fewer depressive symptoms and less delinquency than those who live with a father but are not close. The study concludes that adolescents benefit more from a close bond to a father who doesn’t necessarily live with them than a […]