Crime: Statistics

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 29th March 2019.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to improve data on religion within the criminal justice system since the publication of the report Tackling Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System: 2018 Update.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We are committed on an ongoing basis to improving collection and publication of data to identify and tackle any disparities in the Criminal Justice System. Since publication of The Lammy Review (into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System) we have published brand new ethnicity data or analysis in 16 releases.

Currently HM Prison and Probation Service do collect data on religious beliefs via prisoner records and for offenders in the community. The Offender Equality Annual Report(1) provides religious belief breakdown data on prison population, gender, Incentives and Earned Privileges status, those on Mother & Baby units and adjudications charged and proven. Prison population by religious belief is also published in Offender Management Statistics quarterly (2).

HM Courts and Tribunal Service does not currently hold data on religious identity.

(1) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/760093/hmpps-offender-equalities-2017-18.pdf

(2) https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/offender-management-statistics-quarterly

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