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A summer of stabbings

It is not clear whether gun and knife crime is on the rise, but it does seem to be increasingly concentrated among resentful young males in thrall to the cult of cool
David Robins  

The prisoner

I am on a ward full of violent criminals, including three murderers. Yet I feel love for these men, and will recall my days here as having been full of bitter sweetness
CAR Hills  

The prisoner

I am in Belmarsh, England's worst prison, awaiting trial for conspiracy to murder. Although the other men have been kind to me, I know I can never be part of their world
CAR Hills  

The skull beneath the skin

Mixing high-flown philosophy with sickening violence, Derek Raymond's crime novels have long been neglected. Now, finally, they are being republished
Paul Barker  

Out of mind

British psychiatrists are waiting nervously to find out if the new mental health bill will turn them into jailers rather than doctors
Robert Drummond  

Out of mind

Section 3 of the Mental Health Act is our most authoritarian piece of legislation. Why is it used so much on black patients?
Robert Drummond  

Common law

I don't believe my client is guilty of drug dealing, and the manner of her arrest is suspicious. Has she been set up by the police? And can I prove it in court?
Alex McBride  

Common law

The case against my client is overwhelming, but he refuses to plead guilty. Any questions that I ask in court are just going to make things worse
Alex McBride  

Lives of crime

Tony Blair's "tough on the causes of crime" and David Cameron's "hug a hoodie" speeches reflect the dominant sociological model of crime. But research into the "criminal personality" suggests some people from troubled backgrounds are far more likely to offend…
David Rose  

A matter of respect

Tony Blair's "respect" policies reflect public disquiet and anxiety among policymakers about declining trust and social capital. The task of moral renewal must not end with the fading of traditional institutions
David Halpern