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More harm than good: A supercomplaint on Section 60 Stop and Search

This report sets out the Criminal Justice Alliance's super-complaint into section 60 stop and search. It draws on submissions from national and grassroots organisations including EQUAL, academics and former police officers as well as the CJA’s research.

We echo the CJA's conclusions that section 60 is harmful, ineffective and unnecessary, and calls for the government to repeal the power.

Not only are they ineffective, but s.60 powers create further feelings of mistrust amongst black and ethnically diverse communities; have a traumatic impact on those exposed to them and lack accountability and proper scrutiny.

- Evidence submitted by EQUAL

The report also recommends how community scrutiny of wider stop and search could be made more effective.

EQUAL welcome the report and super-complaint, which was published in May 2021 following on from our #TimeToTalk: Section 60 and the (mis)use of police powers event.

Download the report on the CJA's website.

Find out more about EQUAL's previous work with the CJA