Another race review of the criminal justice system?


In January 2016, the Prime Minister invited David Lammy MP to find out why official figures show that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups appear to be over-represented at most stages of the criminal justice system, and what can be done about it. The review will look at the way the criminal justice system deals with young people and adults from BAME backgrounds. It will address issues arising from the Crown Prosecution Service onwards, including the court system, prisons and young offender institutions and rehabilitation in the community. This is an independent review which enjoys bipartisan support. Earlier in the year, IARS attended a roundtable with the review team to raise a number of issues and we have now submitted further written evidence available here.

Open Letter to Mr. David Lammy MP by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder & Director

Thank you for the invitation to feed directly into your review of racial bias and the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in the British criminal justice system. I was honoured by your invitation to attend your roundtable, and my Institute welcomes your work, which we understand enjoys bipartisan support. Further to the roundtable discussions, we are pleased to submit this formal response to the review. I am also happy to give oral evidence should you chose to hold further inquiries.

At the time of writing, the UK is trying to get to grips with the results of the EU Referendum. At the same time, our cities have been hit by unprecedented waves of hate incidents. Ignorance and misinformation once again have led selected groups to act shamefully when the British are known to the world for their tolerance, deep commitment to human rights, and their passion for education and knowledge. As a Greek Londoner myself, I fear for what is yet to come for my family, my international staff team, our volunteers and students, and myself. Hence, your review could not be more timely.

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