Challenging public perceptions of criminals

Professor David Wilson, former governor of Grendon Prison

Professor David Wilson, former governor of Grendon Prison

At least one person in the audience of last week’s Crime Night at the Gaiety Theatre thought 75 per cent of murders remained unsolved and that half of all crime was violent.

Our perception of crime is shaped by the media and the evening opened by challenging that with some interesting facts and figures.

What proportion of total crime involves some form of violence? Answers peaked at 50 per cent and many suggested 20 to 40 per cent, but the lowest offer of eight per cent was in fact the correct answer.

 

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