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Press Release: BTEG welcomes launch of the Lammy Review

BTEG welcomes the Lammy Review into the treatment and outcomes for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). We have supported the Lammy Review team over the past 18 months through our work on the Young Review, which is focused on improving CJS outcomes for young black and/or Muslim men. 

The Lammy Review provides detailed evidence of the over-representation of BAME groups within our justice system. David Lammy MP has said his biggest concern is the high level of ethnic disproportionality within the youth justice system. Amidst a number of deteriorating outcomes for BAME young people we are particularly concerned about the increased proportion of young black boys held in custody during a period when overall incarceration rates have fallen. We share Lammy’s view that the youth justice system has only recently grasped the scale of this challenge.

The Lammy Review also highlights the need for communities to be engaged in CJS processes. For BTEG this is a critical area, and one where we can actively contribute by ensuring former service users and BAME community organisations are part of the process going forward.

It is now time for the Government to consider the Lammy Review findings and recommendations and to provide a robust response that will lead to effective systems change. Through continuing work with our Young Review partners, BTEG looks forward to working closely with the Government to end these inequities. 

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Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive

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