This is the edited transcript of Liz Fekete's opening address at the Centre's event 'The Lammy review: less than half of the picture?'
A popular statistical technique used to analyse racial disparities risks masking more than it reveals, argues Alex Stevens
As David Lammy's recent report makes clear, the problem of racial bias in the criminal justice system starts with the police
Richard, our Director, yesterday debated David Lammy's review of racial bias in the criminal justice system with former Deputy Mayor for London, Munira Mirza.
The debate forms part of this week's podcast from The Spectator magazine.
Richard pointed out that Lammy's terms of reference prevented him from examining police activity in any detail, despite the fact that most of the biases and disproportionalities in the system begin with policing.
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.
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 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.
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
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has responded to the announcement that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has asked David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, to lead a review into 'racial bias' in the criminal justice system.
The Centre's deputy director, Will McMahon said,
'This review is long overdue, as is the implied acknowledgement that racism and discrimination is a problem in the criminal justice system.'