figures show disproportionate numbers of black and asian ethnic minorities appearing before the courts and receiving custodial sentences

It is reported that the investigation into bias against black and asian minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system conducted by Rt Hon David Lammy MP has received over 300 responses and the first stage is now complete.

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The cross party supported review will make recommendations to tackle potential bias or prejudice in the criminla justice system will report fully in the spring of 2017.

The MP for Tottenham has been involved in a scrutiny of all parts of the system including the roles of the Crown Prosecution Service, youth justice system, sentencing decisions, custody and rehabilitation services. The MP and his team have visitted a number of prisons and courts

Issues raised in the UK include the effect of public perception of gang culture on young men in the justice system, while in the United States David Lammy investigated alternative approaches to custody, such as problem-solving courts.

Latest figures show that BAME individuals make up a disproportionate number of Crown Court defendants (24%), and those found guilty are more likely to receive custodial sentences than white offenders (61% compared to 56%). BAME individuals make up over a quarter of prisoners in England and Wales - compared with 14% of the wider population.

Read the full report here