Our research on the toxic combination of racist 'gang' stereotyping by the police and unfair joint enterprise convictions, published last year, was referenced earlier this week by Lucy Powell, the MP for Manchester Central.
The Centre is delighted to report that Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams have won a 2016 Knowledge Exchange Award at Manchester Metropolitan University for Dangerous Associations: Joint Enterprise, gangs and racism, commissioned and published by the Centre in January 2016.
Will McMahon argues that for many wrongly imprisoned for joint enterprise, justice is still a long way off.
The Lammy Review will fail to explain why black people are far more frequently criminalised if it only starts at the Crown Prosecution Service stage, Will McMahon argues
Deputy director, Will McMahon, reports on the Birmingham launch of 'Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism' and the possible costs of justice for those seeking to appeal following the Supreme Court ruling
The MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, cited our research on joint enterprise and gangs in a debate yesterday in parliament on 'Gangs and serious youth violence'.
Commenting on our research, Mr Umunna argued that using the term 'gang' was unhelpful and stigmatising:
On Friday, 29 January Chuka Umunna MP led a debate in parliament on gangs and youth violence in London where he referenced our recent report on Joint Enterprise, gangs and racism. Reflecting on the findings, he agreed the term 'gang' was problematic.
On 25 and 26 of January, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held three events to launch publication Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism researched and written by Patrick Williams and Becky Clarke of Manchester Metropolitan University.
MPs and Peers will today hear calls for urgent action to address the injustices of joint enterprise convictions. The call follows the publication of results of a survey of nearly 250 serving prisoners convicted under joint enterprise provisions. The survey found clear evidence that black and minority ethnic people are serving long prison sentences because of unfair and racist criminal justice practices.