What is crime is a matter of debate. As Nils Christie has pointed out there is an unlimited number of 'acts' which can chose to define as crimes. One area which has seen a real growth of 'crime' in both the UK and the US has been behaviour in school. Matters that have traditional regarded as internal matters to be dealt with through the schools disciplinary procedures are increasingly being criminalised. For the police it is like taking sweets off a kid - well easy. But the convictions and cautions are criminal records that rule out life opportunities for the children involved.
An example of how far this has gone is illustrated by this news from New York
Cuts to health and social care will affect women the most - The disproportionate effects of austerity on women have a very real impact on their health, writes Monica Karpinski
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