In March 2021, EQUAL formed part of a coalition of criminal justice and race equality organiations to campaign around the elements of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (now Act) that the government themselves admitted will have a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and Minority ethnic people in their own equality assessments.
The coalition is made up of EQUAL, Criminal Justice Alliance, Clinks, Alliance for Youth Justice, Agenda, Transition to Adulthood Alliance, Prison Reform Trust, Zahid Mubarek Trust, Maslaha, Do It Justice Ltd, Revolving Doors Agency, Leaders Unlocked, Switchback and Women in Prison.
An open letter
Together, we sent an open letter to the Prime Minister highlighting that the government’s plans for policing and sentencing will further entrench racial inequality in the criminal justice system. The letter calls for the government to withdraw elements of the Bill and launch a proper public consultation.
In May 2021, we also launched a petition calling on the Home Office to withdraw clauses 60, 77(2)(b), 86(2)(b), 100-110 and 139-140 from the PCSC Bill and properly consult on its proposals. This was launched alongside detailing specific concerns about why the proposals will entrench racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
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