• Emile Durkheim, one of the founders of modern sociology, believed that crime was important to the well-being of society because challenges to established moral and legal laws (deviance and crime, respectively) acted to unify the law-abiding and reinforce their values.
  • The Inside-Out Trust runs a program in Her Majesty’s Prison Wandsworth in which prisoners can work on repairing bicycles that are then sent to Africa for use there.

Useful Links:

  • http://www.inside-out.org.uk – The Inside-Out trust develops prison projects based on restorative justice principles. Prisoners learn new skills which they willingly use to provide goods and services to disadvantaged people all over the world; new skills which should improve their own employment prospects after release.
  • http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime/index.html – The Home Office’s crime website.

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