Racial Disparity and the Criminal Justice System
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New HMPPS rapid evidence assessment finds little research into impact of rehabilitative interventions on offenders from a BAME background.
There is a lack of tailored support for Muslim female prisoners; many don’t have contact with family or friends or have to lie about where they are due to cultural issues of shame and family honour.
The number of child arrests continues to fall, but the proportion of BAME children arrested is increasing. Lammy argues that police services should explain this
Ministry of Justice annual stats on race in the justice system reveals entrenched racial disparity throughout the system.
1 in 100 prisoners who alleged discrimination against prison staff had their case upheld but 3 out of 4 staff claims of discrimination by a prisoner were upheld
New report on the consequences of Islamophobia on criminal justice decision making from Maslaha and the T2A Alliance
The review will address issues arising from the point of arrest onwards, including through the court system, in prisons and during rehabilitation in the wider community, in order to identify areas for reform and examples of good practice from the UK and beyond.
This important study demands an immediate response in the form of a rigorous review of policing and prosecution practices relating to Joint Enterprise – an issue which the House of Commons Justice Committee has already highlighted.
The latest section 95 statistics from the MoJ show that Black and Mixed race individuals are over-represented throughout the criminal justice system.
Black people are subject to court proceedings for drug possession offences 4.5 times the rate of whites; are found guilty of this offence at 4.5 times the rate; and are subject to immediate custody at a rate of 5 times that of white people
The central conclusion of the report is that the Criminal Justice System’s approach to young black men of African Caribbean descent is based on the supposition that they belong to a gang, and that young Muslim men are, or soon will be, engaged in terrorist activity.
African Americans are three times more likely to be in prison compared to their white counterparts (based on the overall make-up of the population) and even more likely to be on death row.