Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the publication of the independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, BAME individuals in the criminal justice system.
This independent review was commissioned by the Government last year to shine a light on injustices the Prime Minister highlighted when she first took office.
The report, led by David Lammy MP, contains 35 recommendations, including introducing assessments of a young offender’s maturity, exploring how criminal records could be ‘sealed’, and allowing some prosecutions to be ‘deferred’. It urges the justice system to take major steps to increase diversity and transparency.
The Government has said it will look carefully at the findings and recommendations before responding fully.
Commenting Jeremy said: “Overrepresentation of BAME individuals in the criminal justice system has resulted in many BAME defendants lacking confidence in our system, and costs the taxpayer at least £309 million each year. I welcome this Government’s commitment to shine a light on injustice as never before because only by revealing issues can we begin to address them. It is vital that we drive out discrimination wherever it exists.”