‘Minority Report’ police unit consults killers to spot potential murderers

‘Minority Report’ police unit consults killers to spot potential murderers
The Telegraph,15 August 2004

Detectives are to record and analyse interviews with Britain’s most notorious killers in search of clues that will help them identify potential murderers – before they have committed their terrible crimes. […] The scheme being pioneered by Scotland Yard’s Homicide Prevention Unit is being likened to Minority Report, the film in which Tom Cruise plays a detective who catches potential killers before they commit a crime. Senior officers believe that forces need to put more resources into preventing murders, rather than simply solving them. They hope that eventually the 5,000 murderers in custody will be made to co-operate with the scheme as a condition of parole. […] Cdr Baker set up working groups in London last November to prevent murders in 14 specialist areas, including contract killings, serial murders, child murders and the murder of prostitutes. He is convinced that by analysing information in these areas officers have already prevented a number of murders and have identified future killers through offender-profiling. It is understood that in exceptional cases, suspects are “targeted” and put under surveillance. http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/15/nmin15.xml

Sharp rise in young offenders at risk of suicide or self-harm

Sharp rise in young offenders at risk of suicide or self-harm
The Independent on Sunday, 15 August 2004
The number of young offenders considered suicidal or highly vulnerable who were sent to jail last year has risen more than sevenfold in three years. New government figures for 2003-04 show that 3,337 teenagers sent to prison were deemed at risk of self-harm or had been bullied and abused, compared with 432 cases of at-risk girls and boys aged five to 18 who were placed in youth offending institutions in 2000-01. […] Home Office officials are understood to have suppressed publication of the report because the findings are politically sensitive at a time when the Government wants to appear tough on crime. http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=551563

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