Treatment Of, and Outcomes For, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Independent Review

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 6 October 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the recommendations of the Lammy Review, published on 8 September 2017.

Photo of Baroness Scott of Bybrook Baroness Scott of Bybrook Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government has provided updates on the implementation of the independent review into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system; The Lammy Review.

Where a recommendation could not be implemented in full or exactly as set out in the Review, alternative approaches have been sought to achieve the same aim. As of 23rd September 2020, the status of the recommendations are as follows:

Out of the 35 recommendations listed in the Lammy Review;

i. Actions in relation to 16 recommendations have been completed (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, 33, 35).

ii. Actions in relation to 17 recommendations are still in progress, of which:

a. 11 recommendations aim to be completed within 6 – 12 months (15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30). b. 6 recommendations will take longer than 12 months to be completed (1, 9, 10, 31, 32, 34).

iii. In the Government’s response to the Review in December 2017, it was stated that two recommendations specific to a target for judicial appointments and appraisal (14, 16) would not be taken forward.

The Government’s response identified actions going beyond the Review’s recommendations. Progress on recommendations and additional actions are overseen by a CJS Race and Ethnicity Board which was created in response to the Review.

An independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities is currently reviewing inequality in the UK, focusing on areas including education, employment, health and the criminal justice system. The Commission will aim to report to the Prime Minister by the end of the year.

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