January 2016 the Prime Minister invited David Lammy MP to find out why official
figures show that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups appear to be
over-represented at most stages of the criminal justice system, and what can be
done about it.
is an independent review. It aims to make sure that everyone is treated
equally, whatever their ethnicity.


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review will look at the way the CJS deals with young people and adults from
BAME backgrounds. It will address issues arising from the Crown Prosecution
Service onwards, including the court system, prisons and young offender
institutions and rehabilitation in the community. The findings should be
published in spring 2017.
review will be evidence-based. It will draw on the significant work already
published in this area; it will produce new statistical analysis to shed light
on the issue; and it will provide an opportunity for people to convey their
personal experiences and insights.

David Lammy wants to hear from a diverse range of voices:

  • victims
    and witnesses
  • ex-offenders
  • those
    working in the CJS
  • academics
    and NGOs
  • different
    BAME communities and
  • different
    parts of both England and Wales.

How you can take part

Call for Evidence provides the main way for organisations and individuals to
share views, evidence and insights. Everything submitted to the Call for
Evidence will be read.
there is a Twitter hashtag – #lammyreview – which will allow people to make
more informal contributions. This hashtag will be monitored throughout the
for evidence