A survey of nearly 250 serving prisoners convicted under joint enterprise provisions has found evidence that black and minority ethnic people are serving long prison sentences because of unfair and racist criminal justice practices. The survey results are contained in a new report published today by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
The disproportionate sentencing of young black men under the joint enterprise doctrine is part of a wider ethnic penalty they face in society, argues our Deputy Director Will McMahon
This report by Patrick Williams and Becky Clarke of Manchester Metropolitan University offers a troubling exposé of the use of collective punishment against black and minority ethnic people, based on racism, rumour and innuendo.
The Met police attracted criticism after sending a letter to 24 young people in Brent - all believed to be black - demanding they attend a community meeting or be treated like law-breakers, The Guardian reports. The 'gang call-in' letter was sent on 19 August following a stabbing in the area.
The House of Commons Justice Committee is planning to undertake a second inquiry into 'joint enterprise' provisions, the Institute for Race Relations reports.
Joint enterprise, the Institute notes, allows for: