May wants police commissioners to set up free schools for 'troubled children' 'Elected police and crime commissioners should be given the power to set up their own free schools to support “troubled children”, Theresa May has announced. The move will be part of a major expansion of the powers of police and crime commissioners into the areas of youth justice, probation and court services to be proposed after their second set of elections take place in May. The home secretary said that the next set of PCCs should “bring together the two great reforms of the last parliament – police reform and school reform” to set up or work with “alternative provision of free schools to support troubled children and prevent them falling into a life of crime”. May cited the example being pioneered by Adam Simmonds, the Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner, who is to open a 1,200-strong free school with a “crime specific curriculum” this September on the site of the county’s police headquarters at Wooton Hall. [...] In her speech to a London conference on Thursday, May admitted she feared she had “created a monster” by setting up the system of police and crime commissioners in 2012. [...] Commissioners suffered a crisis of legitimacy after the first set of elections in November 2012 attracted a turnout of only 15%. This year they will be held on the same day as local government and mayoral elections, which is expected to boost their turnout. [...] Sara Ogilvie, policy officer for human rights group Liberty, said: “If this wasn’t a speech by a senior government minister, you would think it was satire. Tasking police and crime commissioners to set up and run schools is a surefire way to estrange troubled children and fast-track them into the criminal justice system. Mixing police reform and school reform is a chilling distraction from the failure of the PCC project.”' (TheGuardian.com, 4th February 2016.) Fracking insanity. Which frackwits voted for these frackers?