Disproportionality for young black males most evident at arrest stage

Exploratory analysis of the youth secure estate by BAME groups, published by the Ministry of Justice, was commissioned by the Lammy Review of outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the criminal justice system. It explores factors that may explain the high proportion of young black people in youth custody. The analysis shows that disproportionality for young black males is most evident at arrest stage but that they are also more likely to be sentenced to custody and given longer sentences. It also shows that young black people are more likely to be remanded, although sentencing outcomes after remand showed no disparity between black and white children. The analysis concludes that it is not possible to determine the exact cause of the differences it identifies.