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Cracking the whip.

WANNABE Tory London Mayor Zac Goldsmith will set up a Free School for young gang members if elected.

That's well-intentioned. But my gut instinct tells me it's wrong - it could be a training school for violence. When IRA terrorists languished in Belfast's Maze prison with other terrorists, they just emerged as more skilful terrorists.

Vulnerable gang members in Pupil Referral Units or Secure Training Centres are influenced by hardcore gangsters in the same way. One-to-one interventions by ex-offenders who have turned their back on crime, provided by charities like St Giles Trust, work better.

If you become mayor, Zac, that's what you should spend the money on.

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Title Annotation:News; Opinion; Columns
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2016
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