In the Media

BBC better than Home Office for young offenders

PUBLISHED March 18, 2004

Reality television has succeeded where David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, has failed, by turning persistent criminals into law-abiding citizens.

An experiment by BBC2, called Make Me Honest , paired five newly-released prisoners with five well-meaning members of the public and set them the challenge of staying crime-free for six months.
Surprisingly, the project has worked and not one of the persistent criminals has re-offended, even two months after filming ended. In contrast, government statistics show that 75 per cent of young offenders released from custody re-offend within a year.