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Crime Statistics

Asked what the platform was for the crime statistics, the PMOS said that it was to show how crime had fallen since 1997, and it underlined the basic message of what the Prime Minister was saying this morning. Whether that was fear of crime, victims of crime, or crime itself, it showed the statistical breakdown of just how much they had fallen since 1997, and it was useful as a reminder whenever the stats came out. The top line of what the Prime Minister was saying, however, was that for the 100,000 repeat criminals who committed 50% of all crime, we had to devise a way to deal with them, and to deal with them in such a way, not as some coverage today was suggesting that we went soft on them. Rather, that we actually combined prison, where it was appropriate, with rehabilitation, as so much of repeat crime was related to drugs. Therefore, if the drugs issues were treated, the repeat offenders would be stopped. Where that had happened in a pilot scheme involving 7000, we had seen a 62% reduction in court convictions over 17 months, so that showed that it worked.

Asked if these policies were implemented, would that result in fewer people going to prison, the PMOS said that this was not an alternative to prison. Rather, it was in addition to prison. If it worked in the medium term, then there were would be fewer repeat offenders, therefore, fewer people would go to prison. The PMOS said again that this was not an alternative to prison, but in addition to prison. It was a false choice to say that rehabilitation was an alternative to prison, as it was not. Someone would go to prison, they would serve their sentence, and they then would go into a rehabilitation programme to ensure that they cured their drugs problem. Therefore, the chances of them repeating their offences would become less.

Asked what the budget for this was, the PMOS said that that was built into the considerations around the CSR.

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