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Rising crime linked to social deprivation

23 July 2018

The recent statistical bulletin on crime in England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that homicide and some forms of violent crime are increasing, particularly in London and other urban areas.  Commenting on the figures, Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh, Lecturer in Criminology says “Research findings from a three-year project with high-risk young offenders suggests that social inequality and poverty need to be tackled to reduce violent crime. Over 100 young offenders from some of the most notorious street gangs have been interviewed as part of the project – many come from areas with very high levels of social deprivation and many have mental health needs that are not being met by the current system”.

Read Erin’s comment in full on the University News Centre



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