In brief: Prevention of crime is cheaper than cure

Spending money on family support, education and combating truancy would be more cost-effective than increasing spending on young offenders in prison, a new report by The Princes Trust and KPMG has concluded. Wasted Lives, released this week, says juveniles in prison cost the country at least u190m, while programmes to keep families together and help youth stay at school provide good results for less money. Helen Edwards, chief executive of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, said: “The message is simple. Early intervention means fewer crimes, fewer victims and less work for the courts and prisons.”