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Gangster clap trap

Jeannie Mackie tries to wrap her head around the MoJ's latest piece of baffling research

11 April 2011

It is always good to know what one is dealing with. The Ministry of Justice has just published a research document Understanding the psychology of gang violence:

implications of designing effective violence interventions. The purpose of the research is to help NOMS and other agencies to improve violence reduction interventions, and was carried out by ‘desk research’ (reading other publications) and ‘field research’ (interviewing prisoners with gang affiliations).

The subjects were identified by searching through an (unspecified) number of databases on violent gang-related offences in the greater London area. This included what must have been the Trident database – it focused on black gun crime, as well as another prioritising black on black crime. The researchers accepted, necessarily, that the sample they chose was biased towards London-based black gun crime, although there was no indication that was, in fact, the intended research field.

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