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The BBC

I was approached earlier this year by the BBC to give my views on our Criminal Justice System. My answer was pretty simple. In my experience, (and that of the general public), the system is broken and needs fixing.

In a nutshell, prisons should be prisons (as opposed to holiday camps), long sentences should act as a deterrent and ‘stop and search’, if done, fairly can be an effective tool in combatting our rising violent crime rate.

The BBC invited me to film a short pilot at Grays Inn, London in January where I met my fellow presenter Chris Daw QC. The only thing we agreed upon was that action needed to be taken and we ended up having a feisty exchange about where the problems lie!
Chris believes locking people up does not work and we should legalise drugs which are the root cause of most crime. He has been a criminal defence lawyer for over 25 years and argues his case well.

There were several BBC hoops to get the documentary commissioned and thankfully it was! Fast forward – we are currently filming it as a 5-episode programme!

So far, we have travelled the breadth of the country interviewing different people on their stories and their views on crime. I met a young lady who had acid thrown on her leaving her with horrific life changing injuries, a prison officer who described our prisons as “the most hostile and violent workplace in Western Europe” and a woman who was sent to prison for not paying her £110 Council Tax bill.

Everything I have seen has led me to believe more than ever that our criminal justice system is truly broken. At this stage, mid filming my views on how to fix it are constantly changing. I hope by the end of the journey I will have some definite answers.

The TV show will be aired later this year and will make compelling viewing.

So far, we have travelled the breadth of the country interviewing different people on their stories and their views on crime. I met a young lady who had acid thrown on her leaving her with horrific life changing injuries, a prison officer who described our prisons as “the most hostile and violent workplace in Western Europe” and a woman who was sent to prison for not paying her £110 Council Tax bill.

Everything I have seen has led me to believe more than ever that our criminal justice system is truly broken. At this stage, mid filming my views on how to fix it are constantly changing. I hope by the end of the journey I will have some definite answers.

The TV show will be aired later this year and will make compelling viewing.

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