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This event will discuss the reasons for the disproportionate involvement of young black men in the criminal justice system. Rather than concentrating on the ‘gateways’, ‘pathways’ or ‘presence’ of young black men in the system it will instead focus on the social context for such disproportionate and harmful punishment.

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At the Centre we first explored the ‘ethnic penalty’ in the discussion paper Ethnicity, harm and crime published in 2007.  In brief, ‘ethnic penalty’ refers to the disadvantages which lead to an ethnic group faring less well than similarly placed ‘majority’ White people across areas such as employment, health, education and punishment.

On Wednesday 28 January 2015 we will hold a discussion that will focus on the social context that forms the backdrop to the disproportionate involvement of young black men in the penal system.

Today, there are more than 10,000 black men in prison, around 13 per cent of the imprisoned male population, a higher proportion than any other minority ethnic group and four times their presence in the adult population in general.

There are already good initiatives that concentrate on the ‘gateways’, ‘pathways’ or ‘presence’ of young black men within penal systems, from stop and search to numbers in prison. Our intention is not to cover that ground. Instead we feel that a focus is also needed on the social context for such disproportionate and harmful punishment.

We know that there is a great deal of expertise to draw on across a range of social policy areas beyond criminology, and also from advocacy groups who have worked on this theme for decades; the Centre wishes to learn from and collaborate with all those who share our concern. The discussion event we are holding will aim to place front and centre the advocacy and research experience that currently exists and ask how policy and practice can be transformed.

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January 28th, 2015 1:30 PM to  4:00 PM
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
2 Langley Lane
London, SW8 1GB
United Kingdom
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