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Jailed for a knife: thanks for the response

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Derren Lawford | 18:02 UK time, Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Panorama's Jailed for a Knife has attracted an overwhelming reaction from you, the viewers.

The programme went out on January 12 and since then over 3000 people have contacted us to request a copy of the film. Organisations from schools to youth groups, the prison service to outreach projects and many more have been in touch asking to use the footage to help address the issue with the young people they work with.

Thank you to all those who have contacted us. Our reporter Raphael Rowe set out to contribute to the national debate on youth violence and the response is testament to the strength of the material.

It is very rare to get access within the walls of a Young Offenders' Institute and the insight of the five young men Raphael interviewed makes powerful viewing.

All those he spoke to had been convicted of knife offences, including murder, and from their cells they spoke candidly about their motivations, remorse and ideas on how to tackle the problem.

Having distributed over 3000 DVD copies, we are unfortunately unable to provide any further copies on DVD. Instead we have decided to make the entire film available as a permanent special feature on our website.

There is also more information on our website including results from a poll Panorama commissioned about tackling knife crime:

Reporter Raphael Rowe has been blogging about the making of the programme.

And Panorama's Deputy Editor Tom Giles has also contributed to the debate on the Editor's Blog.


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