Daily News Summary

Monday, 20 August 2007

Main stories

`Fraud victims ignored by government, says study'
The devastating consequences of corporate fraud on victims remain largely hidden and the lessons ignored, argues a new report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King's College London. Knowledgeable consumers? Corporate fraud and its devastating impacts by Dr Basia Spalek of the University of Birmingham, is based on interviews with victims of corporate fraud. It shows that the harms caused are equivalent to, and often more devastating than, those usually focused on by the criminal justice system. Victims express a range of emotional and health problems, long-term financial difficulties and other impacts that are not fully appreciated by government policy. Covered in the FT3, Times13

`Too scared to leave our homes'
The Mirror1/4 reports on a You Gov poll which found that 50 per cent said they felt less safe than 10 years ago and 65 per cent think that under 16s shouldn't be allowed out at night. Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said `we are redoubling our efforts to stamp out anti social behaviour. This work includes promoting individual responsibility'. The `Voice of the Mirror' says that `weak' mothers and fathers need to live up to their responsiblities. Meanwhile, the Mail1 reports that `community police officers each solve just one crime in six years'.

Other stories

Robberies at knife point have doubled in two years
The Times15 reports on a study from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Enver Solomon, deputy director said `there is no doubt there are more kids carrying knives, but it is not clear why. Much of it is for personal safety rather than for putting it against someone's throat.' Also in Gdn6, Mirror5, Exp4, Mail2, DT10, Sun1/4/5.

`Black army officers recruited to help stop gang violence'
Gdn1 reports on leaked documents indicating that black military officers are to be drafted in to work in inner cities with those at risk of committing violence. Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights is involved and has been asked to draw up a strategy for dealing with gang violence.

Prison conditions
Two prisoners have been found hanged within an hour of each other at HMP Birmingham yesterday. Ind10, Gdn12. Meanwhile, Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers criticises the holding of prisoners in police cells. Times11

`Workers enjoy fruits of their labour'
`Firms owned by staff have beaten the FTSE all-share. So why aren't there more?'. Gdn23

Columns, editorials, letters

`Social breakdown is a threat to our quality of life which we ignore at our peril'
Bruce Anderson, Ind25 says that we are threatened by social failure and Thatcherism is not to blame. The main problem, he says, is the decline of the family which was already well underway by 1979.

`A sub (prime) argument for more regulation'
Barney Frank, a democratic congressman from Massachusetts considers the social consequences of too little regulation. He relates the epidemic of mortgage foreclosures in the US to an unregulated mortgage sector and says that many loans are accompanied by fraud and inadequate information. FT11

`Decriminalising drugs has paid off in Netherlands'
Letter from a resident of Amsterdam. FT10

These newspaper summaries are drawn up by staff at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. They are not intended to be comprehensive, or wholly uniform in their approach. Instead, they reflect our individual and collective perspectives on the day's coverage, including our judgements in terms of relevance to the Centre's concerns. On occasion, they also reflect the inevitable time constraints within which we work.

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