Crime and Policing

Reconviction Rate In Scotland Half That Of England

"So, this means that, in Scotland, the re-offending rate in 2015/2016 was around 25% having fallen from about 66% in 2005/2006. However, in England, where there has not been a comparable move toward non-custodial sentencing, the reoffending is much higher at 47.5% having climbed from 44.8% in 2011."

Speed Cameras Saving Lives

"Back in January 2017, Jeremy Clarkson, raged against the denial of his freedom to speed, after the installation of the average speed camera system, on Scotland’s most dangerous road, the A9. It’s that kind of Toad of Toad Hall, Libertarian / Right-wing thinking Clarkson specialises in. In November that same year, the Scottish Conservative, MSP Liam Kerr, presumably their Boy Racer Spokesman, featured in the Evening Express, questioning their value on the A90, Aberdeen.... However, on 8th February 2018, strong evidence that the average speed cameras are playing a big part in reducing fatalities on the roads, emerged."

Serious Violent Crime Up In England - Down In Scotland

In England and Wales, ‘high-harm’ violent offences involving weapons rose by 16%, in the year-ending March 2018. Homicides rose by 12% to 701 in the same period.  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/19/knife-crime-up-16-per-cent-england-and-wales

In the same period, in Scotland, ‘serious assaults’ fell by 1.4% and homicides fell by 12.7% to only 55.  https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sexual-and-violent-crime-on-the-rise-in-scotland-1-4746192


Treating Crime As A Disease Works

“I know from my previous roles in policing over the years, I could have arrested that guy ten times in a row and I wouldn’t have made a blind bit of difference to his behaviour. By supporting him and connecting with him, I can make a long-term, sustainable change to his behaviour,” he says. I cannot believe how good that guy is. I cannot get him to leave work. It’s remarkable to see. You start caring about them and they start caring about themselves.”