27% of the prison population are from BME groups, compared to 14% of the general population. A July 2018 report by Runnymede and the Centre for Criminology at the University of Greenwich looks at disproportionality, safety and mental health in British prisons.
“Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to rise in 2017, with high levels of migration and challenges of integration, religious extremism, terrorist attacks and the austerity-driven socio-economic climate observed all over Europe.” This is according to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), in their annual report for 2017.
On 9 November 2018, it will be 20 years since the Human Rights Act (HRA) was given Royal Assent. The Joint Committee on Human Rights has opened an inquiry on the Human Rights Act, which asks whether the Act has been effective, and whether rights truly have been “brought home”.
Women’s organisations are seeing demand for their services increase by 85%, while their funding is decreasing by half. This is according to a June 2018 report by the Women’s Resource Centre, which argues that women’s organisations are needed to combat the reality of gender inequality but are threatened in the current funding and policy environment.
A July 2018 House of Commons publication compiles a reading list of briefings on Brexit since the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Laws against hate crime are in place, and services are available for victims. But are these measures enough? This question is addressed in a June 2018 report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on hate crime in the EU.
Legislation alone cannot change attitudes, but it can contribute. It can also raise awareness, and give victims of hate crime confidence that it will be taken seriously by authorities.
This is according to a May 2018 independent review (pdf) of hate crime legislation in Scotland, chaired by Lord Bracadale – a senior member of the judiciary.
The Gang Matrix is is a racially biased database criminalising a generation of young black men.
This is according to Amnesty International, who have published a May 2018 report on the Gang Matrix; a database of suspected gang members in London and an associated campaign.
It claims that the database is a practice of the Metropolitan Police and other government services which view youth violence, gun and knife crime in London through a politicised lens of a ‘war against the gang’.
Not only are many ex-offenders often unprepared for employment on release in terms of their skills and training, but there remains a stigma among some employers about hiring people with a criminal conviction.
The ministry of Justice have launched a May 2018 strategy (pdf) to help adult prisoners develop their learning and skills and secure and sustain employment after they leave custody.
There is an urgent need to increase support and protection for migrant women and consider measures which should be included in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
This is according to the May 2018 briefing by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) on women living in the ‘hostile environment’ (pdf).