Daily News Summary

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Main story

`Papers reveal truth about decision not to deport killer'
The Guardian1,2 reports that the judgement not to deport Italian-born Learco Chindamo was taken on the basis of `compelling' European Union law. Rejecting the Home Office's argument that he would pose a `genuine and present high level of risk' if allowed to remain in the UK, the asylum and immigration tribunal judged that he in fact represented a `low risk'. Also in all other papers.

Other stories

`Labour accepts £150,000 from online betting company'
Labour has accepted a donation of £150,000 from the online betting company Bet365, despite Gordon Brown's decision to scrap plans for super-casinos. Ind6

`More than 8 million Britons will be deemed credit risks by 2011'
According to independent research group Datamonitor. Ind16

`Health trusts sitting on £995m in cash'
Foundation trusts, the government's flagship in-house providers of National Health Service care, are reluctant to invest in new services for patients because they are unclear what the rest of the NHS wants to buy. FT2

`Straw attacks absent fathers'
Justice secretary Jack Straw yesterday blamed the spread of gang violence among young men on absent fathers. DExp4

`Pensions `too low for a healthy life''
According to a report by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Mirror26

Comment, editorial, letters

`Crime and punishment'
Paul Vallely considers the issues of `reform, rehabilitation, redemption and forgiveness' that are raised by the case of Learco Chindamo. Ind3,4

`Redemption, rehabilitation and basic human rights'
`A just society must give reformed criminals, even killers, the chance to repay their debt', says the Independent28 leader

`Gang culture - Life on the streets now and 12 years ago'
Matthew Taylor visits Regent's Canal, which Learco Chindamo and a group of friends used as an escape route after committing street robberies and attacks. Gdn4

`This human rights hysteria threatens every one of us'
British Institute of Human Rights director Katie Ghose writes that `the furore over the decision not to deport Philip Lawrence's murderer obscures our everyday protections'. Gdn28

`A case for law and logic'
The Guardian30 leader says that the logic of the asylum and immigration tribunal's reasoning is difficult to fault, but that the emotions of the current public row allow little room for either logic or law.

`Cashing in on the early release furore'
Eric Allison on the confusion regarding the End of Custody Licence scheme. GdnSoc4

`Civilised Asbos'
`Asbos are a civilised response to a very uncivilised phenomenon', writes Independent30 reader Walter Cairns.

`Bad record on rape'
Two letters to GdnSoc4 on the inadequacy of services for rape victims.

`Market forces'
Many men consider buying sex as just another form of shopping, but their attitude is fuelling the trafficking of women to work in the trade. GdnSoc7

`The state has only aided our seasonal spates of thuggery'
`'Social habits' can be influenced by policy. Just as less smoking is the result of policy, so is increased drunkenness'. Simon Jenkins argues that with a Treasury-lead 50% cut in the real price of alcohol since 1980, it is hardly surprising that there has been a rise in drink-related crime. Gdn29

`Indeterminate outcome'
The Times16 leader, reflecting on Monday's ruling on the indeterminate sentence for public protection, says that `sentencing is shifting from judges to anger-management experts'.

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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