The ministry of Justice carried out an analysis which says that young black people are nine times more likely to be jailed than the young white people. The findings were released on Friday ahead of next week’s expected announcement of the final report of the review into race and the criminal justice system, headed by Labor MP David Lammy.
People between age 10 to 17 years old held in custody has mitigated “substantially” across all ethnic groups since 2007/2008, the MoJ found.
But subsequently the volumes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups have been reducing at a slower rate than the white group. As a result, the BAME share of the custodial populations has emerged in the past 10 years.
According to the MoJ analysis it is revealed that about nine in every 10,000 young black people in England and Wales were in the custody in 2015-2016 – which is the highest proportion in any ethnic group.
If compared to others they are much less, which is one in every 10,000 young people from white ethnic backgrounds, four in every 10,000 of those from mixed backgrounds and two in every 10,000 of those are stated as “Asian and other” were in youth custody.
On the other contrary as researched by the government, young black people were more likely to be identified with “Gangs” and were considered to be a risk to others on entry to custody than any other ethnic group between April 2014 and March 2016
Since the past 4 years, young black people have served a longer time in custody than the young white people.
The young black people arrests were contributing to the factor that higher number of young black people being sentenced to custody.
A study has proved that reoffending rates for young white people who left custody between 2010 and 2014 were higher than for young black people.