Media Statement in Response to the Lammy Review
The following brief statement refers to publication of the government-sponsored Lammy Review and is from Baroness Lola Young, a key advisor to the Lammy Review and chair of the Young Review, an independent review into improving outcomes for black and/or Muslim young men aged 18-24 in the justice system.
Baroness Young said: “This is a landmark report which has the potential to act as a catalyst for transforming our entire criminal justice system.
It is important because it shines light where it is most needed, the Youth Justice System, calls on the justice system to justify or reform disproportionality, and builds on our own previous recommendations around better data, fairer treatment in prisons and more representative probation service providers.
Government backed this report and must now create a proper framework for implementing the recommendations but the real challenge lies with the justice system.
Leaders in the justice system must go beyond mere words of welcome. They must acknowledge and ultimately tackle the barriers within the cultures of our institutions that have impeded progress and understand that tackling ethnic disproportionality is fundamental to improving the justice system over all.”
Note to Editors
- The Young Review will issue a further, fuller response to the Lammy Review later in September after had chance to considering the detail of the report:
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