Leicester Academics Lead Groundbreaking Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System
of Leicester Research in Suffolk Highlights Minority Ethnic Communities’
Concerns about Crime and the Criminal Justice System
research conducted by academics at the University of Leicester has provided the
stimulus for fresh action in Suffolk with regard to the criminal justice
system’s relationship with minority ethnic communities.
Suffolk-based research, which examined minority ethnic communities’ attitudes
towards crime and the criminal justice system, revealed disturbing levels of
concern about many types of crime, high rates of victimisation and low
confidence in the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The most common
failing of the criminal justice system was seen to be its inability to
adequately meet the needs of victims of crime, whilst only a third of
respondents felt the system had improved the way in which it deals with minority
ethnic groups in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence enquiry.
researchers, Jon Garland and Neil Chakraborti from the Scarman Centre,
University of Leicester, have now been invited to lead a Home Office-sponsored
conference designed to develop initiatives to improve relationships between
criminal justice agencies and minority ethnic groups. The conference, which is
to be held on January 23 at Ipswich Town Football Club, will bring together
practitioners and representatives from a diverse range of backgrounds, and will
also document the findings of the researchers’ previous study of racism in
rural parts of the county.
Garland, Research Fellow,
said: ‘Our research has confirmed that action needs to be taken to bolster
relations between criminal justice agencies and minority ethnic communities. The
fear of crime and actual victimisation are major problems for these communities,
and it is therefore imperative that they feel sufficiently confident in the
criminal justice system’s ability to respond to their needs effectively’.
Chakraborti, Research Officer, added: ‘The research has enabled
Suffolk’s criminal justice agencies to identify the primary concerns of local
communities. By organising a conference based on the research findings, these
agencies now have an ideal opportunity to show how they can work towards
improving existing levels of support for, and communication with, minority
Garland, Research Fellow, Scarman Centre, on 0116 252 5701 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil Chakraborti, Research Officer, Scarman Centre, on 0116 252 5706 email email@example.com
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