The justice system in England and Wales is biased against people from ethnic minority backgrounds, a review led by Labour MP David Lammy has found.

The Lammy Review, published today, warned that young offenders from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will become “the next generation” of criminals unless the justice system is reformed.

The report highlights that the proportion of first offenders from BAME backgrounds has increased from 11% to 19% over the past 19 years. It also points out that black children are more than twice as likely to group up in a lone parent family, and that black and mixed ethnic boys are more likely to be permanently excluded from school than their white counterparts.

In ROK’s response to the Lammy Review, we warned that “when entering into the Criminal Justice System, evidence suggests that members of the judiciary consider that BAME do not belong anywhere else but prison, which reinforces that message within young people with resulting consequences. The cycle must be broken.”

Read our full response to the Lammy Review.