And heâ€™s right to highlight Strathclyde. By attacking the structures that encourage, abett and necessitate gang membership the context a gang member lives in is hopefully changing.
Hauling up to 60 known gang members before a â€˜call inâ€™ held in the courts showing firstly that theyâ€™re being watched, and secondly the brutal consequence of casual violence the results are clear:
â€œAmong the nearly 500 gang members from eastern Glasgow who have engaged with the CIRV since late 2008, violent offending has fallen by 46%, all other types of offending by 34%, weapon possession by 85% and involvement in gang fighting by 73%. Equally impressively, there seems to have been something of a ripple effect: even among gang members who havenâ€™t been called in, violence is down 24%.â€ (Guardian)
So, community action instead of short term mandatory sentencing. Seeking to undo the environmental context of violence instead of the usual blithe â€˜poverty does not justify itâ€™ rightist response. Cameron, you bloody hippy, how did you get that past your backbenchers?
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