This letter, published at The Independent, was written by Karl Lokko, a former gang leader who was one of many gang members arrested in the London riots that took place during the summer of 2011.
I like to think that despite all the conflict that happens in the halls of power at least some of the folks up there do want to help people like Karl. However sometimes what those in power fail to do is take the time to hear out the Karls of the world that need help.
Instead of seeing what they need or asking what they need the leaders just toss out mandates, reforms, and aid plans, not really knowing or caring if they are doing any good.
Working with such methods is probably doomed to fail.