Ministry of Justice and Race Disparity Unit policy paper: Tackling racial disparity in the criminal justice system – 2020

The Ministry of Justice and Race Disparity Unit (RDU) have produced an update on the government’s progress tackling disparities, in February 2020. This also includes progress in response to the independent 2017 Lammy Review.

The paper finds:

  • The working group, comprised of the Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Race Disparity Unit, plans to continue in its efforts to understand and try to remedy the ‘trust deficit’ identified amongst BAME communities in the Lammy Review
  • The RDU will be carrying out a pilot which aims to provide qualitative insight into root causes and drivers of mistrust, establish from community representatives and police officers what works/doesn’t/what further support may be needed and examples of good practice
  • The Government has committed to consider the particular needs of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women in the CJS in both our response to the Lammy Review and in the Female Offenders Strategy.

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