The Ministry of Justice published a statistical bulletin last month on the public disorder of 6th to 9th August 2011 – by which they meant the riots which sparked off in London over the summer. I have produced a graphic from the data released in that bulletin. It tells the story of the background of the offenders who were brought before the courts and also gives information on the sentencing handed out by the courts. Take a look by clicking onto the document hosted on issuu below.
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The data can be analysed in numerous ways and different interpretations will no doubt utilise the statistics to paint a story based on the agenda of the organisation of person relaying the information. However, some of the key information cannot be distorted or disputed. For me, some of the key information worth highlighting is:
- around two thirds of young people brought before the courts were classified as having special educational needs
- around two thirds of young people brought before the courts came the countries most deprived areas
- young people, on the whole, were given harsher sentences
I promised myself I would not put across a political argument or make controversial statements when publishing this infographic. I have tried hard not to and have deleted sections of text which expressed my own views. I want the data and facts to speak for themselves. People should form their own views on whether or not the sentencing handed out by our justice system was fair, proper and indicative of a just system. I will put across my views and interpretations on the data in a future issue of Leicester Wave (a young people’s newspaper project which is hopefully coming back in December).
I hope to produce more data visualisations in future on issues concerning young people and education. If the response to this is good, then I will next work on bringing together some statistics on the UK national debt and where it has actually come from.