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Weekly Economics Podcast: Do police and prisons keep us safe?

Ayeisha is joined by Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper, research associate in sociology at the University of Greenwich


At the end of June Keir Starmer said of Black Lives Matter protesters in an interview: Nobody should be saying anything about defunding the police.” At the same time, the UK government announced four new prisons. Olympic athlete Bianca Williams has said she felt like being black is a crime” after she was stopped and handcuffed by police while driving in London. And last week it emerged that the Met police carried out 22,000 stop-and-searches on young Black men during lockdown.

Some campaigners, especially in the US, are talking about defunding the police. But what does that actually mean? Should campaigners be calling for it in the UK? And do police and prisons really keep us safe?

In this episode Ayeisha is joined by Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper, research associate in sociology at the University of Greenwich and board member of the Monitoring Group.

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