Young black people in England and Wales are nine times more likely to go to prison than their white peers, analysis by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has found.

As of 2015-16, approximately nine in every 10,000 young black people were in young offenders’ institutions, secure training centres or secure children’s homes, compared to one in every 10,000 of those from white ethnic backgrounds, two in every 10,000 of those in backgrounds classified as ‘Asian and other’ and four in every 10,000 of those from mixed ethnic backgrounds.

“The analysis in this report indicates that the high proportion of young black people in custody is likely to be driven by a number of factors such as arrest rates, custodial sentencing at the magistrates court, and the fact that they have spent longer in the custodial estate on average than other groups in the past five years,” the MoJ report concludes.

The findings come ahead of the publication of the Lammy Review, a landmark review into the treatment of black people by the criminal justice system commissioned by Downing Street and carried out by Labour MP David Lammy.

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