Prisons expect influx of war veterans

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  1. Independent - War veterans make up the largest group of people in prisons and the problem is likely to get worse after a decade of conflict, an inquiry warns.

    The Howard League for Penal Reform said most of the prisoners were older than the average criminal when they first offended – which was about 10 years after leaving the forces. This is when mental health problems are thought most likely to surface.

    Sir John Nutting QC, chairman of the inquiry, said he expected the problem to peak because it was now 10 years since British forces were first committed to Afghanistan, followed by Iraq.

    The inquiry found there were about 3,000 former service personnel in jail, or 3.5 per cent of the prison population in England and Wales.

    Sir John called for those leaving military service to be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder. Police should be made more aware of the problem and the Veterans in Custody scheme should be expanded.

  2. By what margin? Did the prisoners themselves claim that they were 'war veterans', or was this verified by prison authorities? Genuine questions, BTW. Anyone know?
  3. Surely Scousers or Blacks would be the make up of the largest of groups in prison.
  4. Or criminals?
  5. Prehaps they were them "Zimbabwean" War Veterans.
  6. Yeah that would be my first question, how are they defining what an ex-serviceman is? Also how do they verify that these people served in a war zone?
  7. If by 'War Veteran' they mean 'ex-Military', surely ex-Military make up about 3.5 % of the UK's general population anyway?
  8. Independent - War veterans make up the largest group of people in prisons

    Surely School leavers do
  9. I'd have thought useless thieving sponging cunts make up the largest group.
  10. Your all wrong (boringly) it's drug addicts and people with mental health problems.
  11. So its Welsh people then?
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  12. If you include National service then its about 5% ex military at least.
  13. Or maybe its people who stab burglers. See the 'Its a start' thread.
  14. Classic shit journalism.
  15. thought it was bogans/chavs?