New report: Young black and/or muslim men in the criminal justice system

Friday, 12 December 2014

On Wednesday 10 December, The Young Review was released and Rebecca Roberts, Senior Policy Associate attended the launch at the House of Lords. The review investigates the experiences and outcomes of young black and/or Muslim men in the criminal justice system. The report reveals that there is greater disproportionality in the number of black people in prison in the UK than in the United States.

The chair of the review, Baroness Lola Young, wrote an article in The Guardian about the racism young people from ethnic minorities face in most aspects of their lives. This includes education, employment and mental health, and culminates in BME people's interactions with criminal justice.

We recently started a project which looks at the reasons behind over representation of black and minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system. Rather than focusing on 'pathways' and 'presence', we're investigating the wider context for such harmful and disproportionate punishment. Learn more about it here.