'Lammy Review shows racial outcomes in criminal justice system are a mess', says research associate

'Lammy Review shows racial outcomes in criminal justice system are a mess', says research associate

Dr Zubaida Haque spoke to Julia about the review of BAME

Friday, September 8, 2017

A leading researcher has said the Lammy review shows how racial inequality in the criminal justice is "a mess."

The report by Labour MP David Lammy highlighted evidence of "bias" and "overt" discrimination within parts of the UK justice system. 

In one area of drug offences, people of black and ethnic minorities (BAME) were 240% more likely to be imprisoned than offenders who were white. 

Following its publication, ministers have been called to put a race strategy in place. 

Dr Zubaida Haque, a research associate at race equality think tank Runnymede Trust, said the review was important because of the stark differences it shows.

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Most people will be asking this – do the racial outcomes in the criminal justice system merely reflect criminal history or offending patterns?

"The answer is no. Absolutely not, it’s a huge mess.

"Lammy’s review is important because what he shows, for instance, is black men are six times more likely to be arrested, much more likely to be charged, and much more likely to be prosecuted than white men.

“That inequality is much more brutal, in a way, because they’re also more likely to be the victims of a crime."

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