"Having problems with crack cocaine?" asks a leaflet pinned on the packed advice noticeboard at the Barton community centre in the middle of one of Oxford's satellite council estates.

Upstairs in the bar the home secretary, David Blunkett, is making clear to a packed local audience that the pressure on Britain's prisons will carry on growing until the "people who are behaving abominably" get the message that they will be dealt with toughly.
But it quickly becomes apparent that the invited audience, which includes police and probation officers, crime reduction managers, neighbourhood watch people and local residents, are not afraid to criticise or put forward their own ideas.

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