David Lammy MP is to conduct an independent review into the British justice system to examine suggestions of systematic racial bias. Black people in the UK are nearly four times more likely than white to be behind bars. According to recent analysis, offenders from minority backgrounds are 39% more likely to face prison sentences than white offenders for the same offences. One area to be looked at will be emerging work around “implicit bias”, where evidence shows how we can all exhibit biases in our behaviour without even being aware of them (from an MJR viewpoint, is this a legacy issue?). Read more here.
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