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Guardian/Mixmag drug survey reveals a generation happy to chance it

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Guardian/Mixmag drug survey reveals a generation happy to chance it

Data shows predominantly white, educated and relatively healthy users willing to take significant risks with their health

"My daily life is sensible, regimented and very stressful, so at the weekend I want the complete opposite," explained James, a financial broker. "When I go out, the last thing I want is to think about work and responsibilities. I just want to lose myself for a few hours."

The 25-year-old, who is at his desk in the City by 6.30am every day, takes a mix of MDMA, cocaine and the anaesthetic ketamine almost every weekend. He insists it does not affect his work and says the fallout from a weekend drug bender is little worse than a bad hangover."I just personally enjoy it," he said. "It's not sitting alone in a room shooting up heroin, it's a social and enjoyable experience that I can balance with my working life."

Respondents to the Guardian/Mixmag drug survey – for which 15,500 regular users such as James revealed everything from their drug of choice to the amount they pay for a gram of cocaine – do not easily conform to drug user stereotypes. Predominantly white, educated, relatively healthy people with an average age of 28, they are neither in rehab nor prison and rarely touch heroin or crack.

Snooping: Home Affairs Committee inquiry into private investigators

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Keith Vaz, Home Affairs Select CommitteeThe discovery of Glenn Mulcaire’s hoard of notebooks is among the more memorable details of the phone hacking scandal. The information they contained revealed the extent of News Group Newspaper’s illegal activities, and the company’s interest in figures from across public life. But the value of the scrutiny of Mulcaire and NGN’s relationship which the affair has prompted goes beyond its effect on the media to the wider exposure of another unregulated industry which frequently profits from personal information, that of private investigators.

 

The Home Affairs Select Committee is having its second meeting of a series today to hear evidence on the activities of private investigators as part of an inquiry set up late last year. Solicitor Charlotte Harris, who became a victim of investigators as a result of her involvement in the phone hacking litigation, is to give evidence on her experience of being followed, highlighting the connection between the wider phenomenon and its most public manifestation so far. Also appearing today are representatives of three large companies that dominate the market in private investigation, Kroll, Control Risks, and the Risk Advisory Group.

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“When I Die…They’ll Send Me Home”

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This 28-page report draws on six years of research, interviews, and correspondence with correctional officials and youth offenders serving life without parole. Despite mounting evidence of young people’s ability to change, Human Rights Watch found that California persists in sentencing youth to life without parole sentences.

The state is at a critical juncture as the legislature considers a bill that would provide review and the possibility of resentencing in these cases.

“When I Die…They’ll Send Me Home”

How People with Mental Illness Perceive and Interact with the Police

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada

A Study of How People with Mental Illness Perceive and Interact with the Police

The perceptions that the police and people with mental illness have of one another can influence the nature and quality of their interactions. Though a considerable body of research exists concerning the perceptions of police officers towards people with mental illness, there is a dearth of research focusing specifically on the perceptions that people with mental illness hold toward the police. The research described within this report is focused on addressing this knowledge gap.

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Freedom of the press and statutory regulation – lessons from Finland?

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Following our current concern with bad press behaviour at the News of the World, and the Murdoch stable generally, and our analysis of the over-cosy relationships in the UK between media, police and politicians, it is interesting to see that statutory regulation in Finland has not curtailed freedom of the press. We would not expect it of course, any more than criminal laws stop crime!

 

Freedom of the press and statutory regulation – lessons from Finland?

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