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About us

The Young Review launched in December 2014 with a report which gave a comprehensive insight into the disproportionality of BAME people and Muslim men within the criminal justice system. It made trailblazing recommendations to inoculate against racial bias within the CJS. One of the recommendations of the report was set up an independent advisory group which was established with experts from various fields of the criminal justice system. YRIAG oversaw the implementations of the recommendations from the Young Review. 

Baroness Lola Young Steered YRIAG for six years before stepping down as Chair in 2018. 

To continue the important legacy of the Young Review, Iqbal Wahhab OBE has been appointed as Chair of the Young Review Independent Advisory Group which has been rebranded and renamed as EQUAL.

Our vision and mission

Our vision is a criminal justice system that delivers fair outcomes for all. Our purpose is to help those involved in the development and delivery of criminal justice practice and policy to create a system free from unfair outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic people. 

We believe that action must be taken to address the issues that lead to unjust experiences and outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic people in the criminal justice system.

Our aim

To address the poorer outcomes experienced by BAME groups and Muslims in the criminal justice system.

The facts are clear: people from BAME and Muslim backgrounds continue to be treated unfairly in the criminal justice system and things aren’t getting better. These problems will not sort themselves out on their own and that’s why I am chairing Equal – so that we can work towards creating an environment that eliminates bias and disproportional treatment of minorities.

Iqbal Wahhab

Our 3 Policy Priority Areas

EQUAL is supporting service users and negotiating with power to ensure  a fairer criminal justice system.

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