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.
This is an independent review. It aims to make sure that everyone is treated equally, whatever their ethnicity.
The review will look at the way the CJS 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. The findings should be published in spring 2017.
The review will be evidence-based. It will draw on the significant work already published in this area; it will produce new statistical analysis to shed light on the issue; and it will provide an opportunity for people to convey their personal experiences and insights.
David Lammy wants to hear from a diverse range of voices:
- victims and witnesses
- those working in the CJS
- academics and NGOs
- different BAME communities and
- different parts of both England and Wales.
How you can take part
The Call for Evidence provides the main way for organisations and individuals to share views, evidence and insights. Everything submitted to the Call for Evidence will be read.
Alternatively, there is a Twitter hashtag – #lammyreview – which will allow people to make more informal contributions. This hashtag will be monitored throughout the review.