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Joint briefing: 10 ways the PCSC Bill will entrench racial inequality

This joint briefing from a coalition of criminal justice organisations outlines how 10 clauses in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will deepen racial inequality in the criminal justice system, and without evidence that they will reduce crime or improve public safety. 

We draw on the government’s own equality assessments, which acknowledge that most of the provisions reviewed in this briefing are indirectly discriminatory. We also highlight the government’s lack of evidence that they are a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’ and their lack of sufficient mitigation of their impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The briefing was produced by EQUAL, Criminal Justice Alliance, Clinks, Alliance for Youth Justice, Agenda, Nacro, Transition to Adulthood Alliance, Prison Reform Trust, Zahid Mubarek Trust, Maslaha, Do It Justice, Revolving Doors Agency, Leaders Unlocked, Switchback and Women in Prison, as part of our joint #EndCJSinequality campaign.

Read the briefing on the Criminal Justice Alliance's website

The full analysis of the Bill, 'Entrenching Racial Disparity' is available here