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SOCIAL WORKERS OUT OF TOUCH ON CRIME - JACK STRAW.

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Shadow home secretary Jack Straw has claimed that many of the 'liberal' sections of the criminal justice system are...
Shadow home secretary Jack Straw has claimed that many of the 'liberal' sections of the criminal justice system are out of touch with public opinion.

The Independent (p6) reports that, speaking at the University of Salford, Mr Straw said: 'In social services, the probation service and those who provide the intellectual framework for our sentencing system, namely academic researchers, there is too much distance in public understanding.'

Mr Straw spoke of what he described as the 'failing' of the youth justice system and called for faster court proceedings for dealing with youth crime as well as giving youngsters a set number of chances before reaching the dock.

Young offenders' parents would also be forced to take greater responsibility under Labour's proposals.
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