Jailed for a Knife

In this Panorama special we see reporter Raphael Rowe look for answers with regards to the rising number stabbings which occur in the United Kingdom. Rowe speaks with five young men, all of whom are now located in young offender institutions serving sentences for having wounded and even killed using a knife.

Before having been sent to prison they all seemed to have given little consideration to what the consequences of carrying a knife could be. They all claim to have carried these weapons for self protection yet none of these men were being threatened with a knife when they attacked.

From this film we gain great insight into the minds of these young men and why they felt they needed to carry knifes. Even though they all knew carrying a knife could land them in some serious trouble whether that be prison or death they still chose to carry such weapons as they felt the immediate threat of violence which plagued their communities outweighed the consequences of being caught.

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