A new raft of data has shown, beyond doubt, the pathetic and miserable state Britain’s criminal justice system is in.
On Thursday, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed that, in England and Wales in the year up to December 2017, there was a 22 percent rise in knife crime to 39,598 offences, the highest number ever recorded, as well as an 11 percent rise in gun crime, a 9 percent rise in murder rates (653 total) and a 9 percent rise in burglary offences.
It was also noted that offences were ‘disproportionately concentrated in London‘, which saw a 38 percent increase in knife violence – 16 percent higher than the national average.
The study excludes terror attacks in London and Manchester and the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
As if this wasn’t damning enough, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released its quarterly report on Thursday which showed that prisoner-on-prisoner assaults are up by 11 percent and that the number of assaults on staff by prisoners has increased by 23 percent in the year up to December 2017.
These statistics give flesh to the argument that prisons are no longer run by their staff by rather by their inmates.
Some of my writings from January and February of this year have been made all the more relevant by these despairing reports (though some statistics shall now, of course, be out of date and unfortunately not near negative enough!); you can find them below: