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The prison population under new Labour skyrocketed—but crime rates dropped. Is Labour's new shadow justice minister right to break with the previous government's strategy? Photo: Shayan Sanyal

Yesterday’s launch of Labour’s justice strategy under Sadiq Khan extends the new leadership’s challenge of new Labour orthodoxies. “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” will no longer be the mantra now that Ed Miliband’s ‘new generation’ have taken power.

Instead, Khan suggests, the party must acknowledge that its “scorecard in office would have said: ‘could have done better’” over re-offending rates and the size of the…

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