Rebecca Roberts explores the social and historical context to disproportionality in the criminal justice system
Anthony Gunter traces the extent of criminalisation and how extends across institutions
J M Moore argues that the continuation of punitive strategies is firmly rooted in colonial history
Aggrey Burke writes a cautionary tale of a stigmatised minority
In a recent radio programme, a group of workers lamented the fact that black youngsters did not have role models and might be suffering a number of difficulties because of this. In a brief moment the general problem was identified but there was a sense of hopelessness regarding the solution. The specific question is whether widespread problems exist among now distant descendants from the grim history of African slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Janet Alder tells of her brother’s unlawful killing in custody and the subsequent police surveillance of her family
Will McMahon introduces this issue of cjm
In the last year, the USA has been shaken by the deaths of a number of black people at the hands of local police forces. A social movement has grown up around these deaths that has adopted the slogan 'black lives matter’. Fuelled by mobile phone coverage and circulated on social media, there are images showing black people being shot dead while running away or surrendering to police, or being dragged to the ground by multiple police officers and killed in the ensuing struggle.
#BlackLivesMatter is the slogan adopted by a social movement in the USA following the deaths last year of black people by killed the police. Racism is institutionalised and a feature of everyday life in the USA, in spite of the civil rights movement during the 1960s.
This side of the Atlantic, we were led to believe that the UK is a 'post-racial' society, where people from all ethnic groups felt safe and discrimination was something consigned to the past.
On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and The Monitoring Group held the 'Police corruption, spying and racism' conference at Conway Hall, London. The video footage from many of the sessions are now available to view online via Vimeo and are embedded below.
The proportion of black and ethnic minority children and young people held in the youth justice system has increased sharply over the last decade, according to an analysis by The Guardian. The original data comes from the Youth Justice Board and includes young offender institutions, secure detention centres and secure training centres in England and Wales.
On Wednesday 28 January we held an event, 'Justice Matters for young black men: tackling the ethnic penalty'. About 40 people came together to discuss the social context that forms the backdrop to the disproportionate and harmful punishment experienced by young black men.