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Treatment/outcomes of BAME individuals

An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System has been carried out which found out that across England and Wales people from minority ethnic backgrounds are breaking through barriers with powerful, high-profile institutions slowly becoming more diverse. But they also found that the justice system bucks the trend and those who are charged, tried and punished are still disproportionately likely to come from minority communities.

The Lammy Report is the product of an independent review to make recommendations for improvement with the aim of reducing the proportion of BAME offenders in the criminal justice system. They felt that given the number of people from BAME backgrounds in the criminal justice system a review was long overdue.

They concluded that:

  • BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in part of the justice system.
  • Prejudice has declined but still exists in wider society
  • Treatments and outcomes are most concerning because the prescriptions for fair treatment are remarkably similar.