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MPs Demand Action on Black Crime Imbalance

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Demand Action on Black Crime Imbalance

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Senior MPs have demanded that ministers redouble efforts to address the 'serious crisis' of the over-representation of black people in the criminal justice system.

The Commons home affairs select committee this week said government action to date had been ineffective. It called for a coherent national strategy setting out each agency and department s responsibility.

Its June 15 report marks the conclusion of the first sustained inquiry into the issue for 25 years.

Committee chair John Denham said: 'Five years on from setting up a dedicated Criminal Justice System Race Unit, the government is still not able to say they understand the overrepresentation of young black people at all stages of the criminal justice system, or that it is improving!

The committee found that patterns of offending varied between different ethnic groups. Although black people make up 2% of the population, one-third of gun crime homicide victims and suspects were black. …

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