Lawrence Sherman, Professor of Criminology at Cambridge, has worked with police departments across five continents to improve strategies for crime prevention. He suggests that we now have the technology to better differentiate between low and high risk offenders and explains how his controversial idea of the Crime Harm Index could be used to lower the number of people in prison.
Professor Peter Sommer has advised the British government on cyber security and acted as an expert in many important criminal and civil court cases where digital evidence has been an issue. He argues that while it’s relatively easy to collect evidence from computers, interpreting it correctly is a challenge, and one that’s going to increase as computers pervade more and more aspects of our lives.
Henning Mankell is the author of the award-winning Inspector Wallander mysteries, published in dozens of countries and the subject of numerous film and television adaptations.
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SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Criminologist Lawrence Sherman suggests that every convicted offender should undergo a “Reconciliation Ritual” at court when they have completed their punishment. This way the sentence would end with a forward-looking element and it would also give the victim a chance to witness this, if they wish. The ritual could take a variety of forms, from a simple apology to telling the court how they will change their lives to get far away from crime.
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