For a significant number of Britons, especially the young, the lack of fair and respectful treatment by the police can colour their outlook on the legitimacy of the police, and the justice system, to provide law and order. Experiences of contact with the police, whether through stop and search, arrest or witnessing the police control a demonstration, play a very significant role in shaping people’s attitude to the legitimacy of the police. "
People in trouble – whether it’s addiction, debt or homelessness – often find that their problems lead them to court. But, all too often, courts don’t have the tools to address those underlying issues. The most vulnerable can end up trapped in a revolving door of crime and punishment at a huge cost to both their own wellbeing and that of the people around them."