Racial Disparity and the Criminal Justice System

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Giving a voice to Muslim women in prison

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.

60% child arrests in London are BAME

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

Tackling discrimination in prison

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

Young Muslims on trial

New report on the consequences of Islamophobia on criminal justice decision making from Maslaha and the T2A Alliance

Review of racial bias in justice sytem

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.

Joint enterprise criminalises young BAME people

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.

Racism persists in the justice system

The latest section 95 statistics from the MoJ show that Black and Mixed race individuals are over-represented throughout the criminal justice system.

Drug laws drive racism in the 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 Young Review reveals extent of racism in justice system

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.

Racism in the US Criminal Justice System

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.