Report Date: Thursday, March 30, 2006
PRESS RELEASE: Stop and search stats show the government is failing to tackle racism
The 1990 Trust believes the stop and search and criminal justice system figures released today show the ‘justice gap’ between Black and White people is increasing.
From stop and search, to arrests, cautions, convictions and the prison population: the trends are moving in the wrong direction.
Equality should be at the heart of government policy. We’ve had more than enough rhetoric over the past few years. These new figures show, once again, that the government is failing to put fine words into action.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Brixton riots it is fashionable for authorities to claim how far policing and criminal justice has come. On the surface many improvement have been made – we no longer have the ‘Sus Laws’.
But scratch the surface and you will find growing discontentment among Black communities. If you are young and Black you are every bit as likely to be criminalized now than 25 years ago. They may not be beaten up, but the results are the same.
After nearly nine years Labour government we expected more to be done to tackle the persistent discrimination and unequal outcomes for Black people in Britain. Today’s criminal justice statistics are a reminder of how far we’ve got to go, and how little we’ve come.
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