The Prisons and Courts Bill threatens to create more pressure on people to plead guilty, whether they are or not, argues Penelope Gibbs
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.
According to a study by Transform Justice, magistrates are now older and less representative of ethnic communities, with 2,016 standing down in the past year leading to concerns that recruitment will continue to drop, as reported today in The Guardian.
Penelope Gibbs, Director of Transform Justice, said: