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Young Black people and the criminal justice system : second report of Session 2006-07 / House of Commons, Home Affairs Committee.


Public Safety Canada Library


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HV 6197 .G5 G7 2007 v.1




2 volumes, 98 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm.


"Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 22 May 2007"
"HC 181-i incorporating HC 1675-i and ii, Session 2005-06" -- v.1.
Vol. 1 also available on the Internet at:


Young black people are over-represented at all stages of the criminal justice system; black people form 2.7% of the population aged 10-17 but represent 8.5% of that age group arrested in England and Wales. They are more likely to be stopped and searched, less likely to be given unconditional bail, and more likely to be remanded in custody. The aim of this inquiry was to go beyond the statistics and establish whether the patterns of criminal behaviour differ from the patterns of crime amongst other groups, and whether any significant policies are needed to tackle this. It also looks at the possible causes of young black people's over-representation in the system and also their over-representation as victims. Any strategy to tackle the problem will need to address underlying causes such as: entrenched poverty; educational underachievement; school exclusions; family breakdown; and lack of role models. There also needs to be action to address the perception and realities of discrimination in the criminal justice system itself.


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Vol. 1. Report, together with formal minutes -- Vol. 2. Oral and written evidence.


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