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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 3, 2004: New Figures on Race and Criminal Justice

The latest edition of Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System has just been published.The Home Secretary compiles the statistics under section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, which states that information which will help criminal justice staff avoid discrimination on the grounds of race, sex or any other improper ground must be published. The statistics are well worth reading in full. Amongst the main points for 002/03:

  • Racist incidents recorded by the police fell by 11% to 48,525. 31,034 racially aggravated offences were recorded by police in 2002/03 (30,113 in 2001/02). About half of these were offences of harassment, including Public Order offences of threatening or disorderly behaviour.
  • Just over 869,000 ‘stop and searches’ were recorded by police, of which, 14% were Black people, 7% Asian and 1% of ‘Other’ ethnic origin. Police forces varied widely in their rates for ‘stop and searches’.
  • Relative to population, in 2002/03 Black people were 6 times more likely to be stopped and searched than White people, compared with 5 times in 2001/02.
  • In London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), compared with 2001/02, the number of ‘stop and searches’ rose by 30% for White people, 36% for Black people and 37% for Asian people. In England & Wales as a whole, there was an average rise of about 17% for White people, 38% for Black people and 36% for Asian people.
  • An estimated 1.3 million arrests for notifiable offences took place, of which, 9% were of Black people, 5% Asian and 1% ‘Other’ ethnic origin. Compared with 2001/02 arrests of Black people rose by 7%, of Asian people by 8% and of White people by 2%. Black people were 3 times more likely to be arrested than White or those of ‘Other’ ethnic origin.
  • In June 2002, Black and Minority Ethnic groups accounted for about 22% of the male prison population (15% Black, 3% Asian and 4% ‘Other’) and about 29% of the female prison population (24% Black, 1% Asian and 5% ‘Other’).
  • 8% of complaints made against the police in 2002/03 were from Black people, 5% from Asian people and 2% from ‘Other’ minority ethnic groups.
  • Black and Minority Ethnic groups are still under-represented in all grades in both the police and prison service, as well as in senior posts in all criminal justice agencies.

Progress has been made since Macpherson, but there is still a long way to go.