New report on racism and policing in Britain

Monday, 7 December 2015

A new report by the Runnymede Trust brings together academics, practitioners and activists to examine the state of policing and its effects on black and minority ethnic communities in contemporary Britain.

The report is split into three parts. Section one sets out the key contemporary issues in race and policing within a historical context. Section two examines racial and religious profiling at the heart of counter-terror policing in Britain and examines the impact on Asian and Muslim communities in particular. Section three brings together accounts from grassroots and community organisations of their experiences and strategies when trying to scrutinise and seek accountability for police actions. 

On 26 November 2015 the Ministry of Justice released the 'Race and the criminal justice system; 2014' statistical bulletin. The figures show, as the Runnymede report makes clear, that in England and Wales black and minority ethnic people are disproportionately represented at every level of the criminal justice system.

As part of the Centre's Justice Matters project we have been examining ethnicity and the criminal justice system. In September we published #BlackLivesMatterCriminal Justice Matters (101), which includes articles by Janet Alder, J M Moore, Rebekah Delsol and many more.