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Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2010

NCJ Number
Louise Moore; Miguel Marques dos Santos; Caitriana Burton; Rachel Councell; Lawrence Singer; Hana Rohan
Date Published
October 2011
112 pages
This report provides information about how members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups in England and Wales were represented in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) across the last 5 years.
Results indicate that the most recent data on victims showed differences in the risks of crime between ethnic groups and, for homicides, in the relationship between victims and offenders; that the number of racist incidents and racially or religiously aggravated offenses recorded by the police decreased over the last 5 years; that the risk of being a victim of personal crime was higher for adults from a mixed background than for other ethnic groups; that a higher proportion of children in the BME group reported that they avoided travelling on buses because they were worried about their safety or avoided using a mobile phone in public all or most of the time than in the White group; that of the 2,007 homicides recorded for the latest three-year period (2007/08 to 2009/10), 75 percent of victims were White, 12 percent Black, and 8 percent Asian; and that 51,187 racist incidents were recorded by the police, a decrease of almost 18 percent in the number of racist incidents reported across England and Wales over the five-year period. Further information is presented on victims; suspects (stops and arrests); defendants (cautions, prosecutions, and sentencing); offenders (under supervision or in custody) and staff and practitioners in the criminal justice system. Tables, figures, bibliography, and appendixes