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by | 10th, September 2003

‘ANYONE would have thought that the United States was a crime-free Arcadia judging by the enthusiasm of us Brits for stealing policing and judicial policies from the other side of the Atlantic.

Iain Duncan Smith and Oliver Letwin announce their new anti-crime initiative

Zero tolerance, three strikes and you’re out, unlimited detention without trial are just some of the aberrations to flow from the New World to the Old.

But when we last looked, not only did the United States have one of the highest crime rates in the developed world, but it had the highest prison population and some of the most repressive and illiberal criminal legislation.

Would it not make more sense to look, say, towards Scandinavia which has far lower crime rates than the UK and a far smaller prison population?

We say this because the Guardian reports this morning that the Tories’ response

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