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Head of Serious Organised Crime Agency says authorities should follow the money rather than increase jail terms

Mark Townsend
The Observer, Sunday 4 October 2009
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Prison and the threat of longer jail sentences is failing to deter Britain’s career criminals, according to the head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.     

Bill Hughes, director general of Soca, said that the organisation had to move away from its traditional reliance on the criminal justice system if officers were to start winning the war against organised crime barons. He said that removing the accumulated assets and wealth of “career criminals” was a more effective way to tackle organised syndicates than locking up individuals.