News

Our Director and Trustee in The Economist

Both our Director and Trustee have been quoted in The Economist in an article about the continued use of the gang matrix by the Metropolitan Police.

The gang matrix has received national press coverage this week after Amnesty International produced a report highlighting the high numbers of ethnic minorities on the matrix. ...

11 May 2018
News

Gang matrix a human rights violation: New report

Amnesty International has, this week, accused the Metropolitan Police of violating the human rights of predominantly black boys and men through continued use of the gang violence matrix.

The report references our research from 2016 with Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams, ...

9 May 2018
Comment

Racial bias and the problem of policing

A Prime Minister keen to show a commitment to tackling racism in the criminal justice system, while minimising the risk of having to deal with politically toxic findings, might well set up a...

By 
Richard Garside
22 September 2017
News

Criminal justice agencies must 'explain or reform'

Our Director, Richard Garside, is one of 22 signatories to a letter in today's Guardian newspaper calling on criminal justice agencies to reform if they cannot explain racial disparities.

One of our trustees – Patrick Williams of Manchester Metropolitan University – is also among the signatories.

It will take 'more than simple policy change', the letter states, 'to tackle the racial discrimination that defines – and shames – our criminal justice system'. The letter calls...

12 September 2017
News

Comment on Lammy review on race and criminal justice

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies welcomes the publication of David Lammy's review into the treatment of and outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System.

But it regrets that David Lammy's terms of reference were drawn so tightly that he was not asked to review why BAME people are disproportionately targeted by the police.

The review notes that BAME people are more likely to be arrested than white people. As a consequence, the 'caseload...

8 September 2017
News

Submission to the Lammy Review

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has made a submission to the submitted its response to David Lammy's review of racial bias in the criminal justice system.

While welcoming the review, our response raises concerns that its terms of reference limit it to examining racial bias from decisions by the Crown Prosecution Service onwards. To understand and address the over-representation of black and minority ethnic people (BAME)  in the criminal justice...

1 August 2016
Comment

Joint Enterprise and the wheels of justice

Yesterday I attended an excellent conference ‘Joint enterprise after Jogee – Reconsidering law and Policy’, organised by the University of Liverpool.

Its central strength lay in bringing...

By 
Will McMahon
2 September 2016