By Simone Williams
The knife crime debate continues.
Following the Downing Street Summit on knife violence on 2nd April, Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, made a speech on the subject in London on Monday. He talked of his childhood experience of growing up in a poor neighbourhood affected by crime and how he avoided a potential life of crime. He didn’t, though, give any consideration to the idea that engaging young people affected by the issue is pivotal in finding answers.
The Justice Committee has published a new report on prisons. It addresses its expectation to see clear evidence of progress in monitoring and explaining BAME disproportionality in prisons and also raise issues about the youth custodial estate, PAVA spray, and cuts to funding to specialist voluntary sector provision to support BAME people in the criminal justice system.