On 19th December 2017, the Government published its response to the Lammy Review, accepting the vast majority of my 35 recommendations. You can read more in The Guardian, The Independent, BBC and The Times. I also spoke to BBC News and Sky News.
“My review revealed deep-seated problems within our criminal justice system and recommended swift action to deliver fairness and rebuild trust. BAME individuals still face bias – including overt discrimination – in parts of our justice system, which treats ethnic minorities more harshly than white Britons. The time for talking is over and I therefore welcome the Government’s clear commitment to addressing these issues and I am pleased that many of my recommendations will be acted upon.
I am pleased that there is a cross-party consensus on the need for concerted action to address the disproportionality and bias in our justice system, and in the months and years ahead I will continue my work in this area by working closely with organisations in this sector and holding the Government to account in delivering on these recommendations.
My Review called for explain or change and the Government’s acceptance of this principle is an important step forward in acknowledging the need for reform to address the disparities that do exist in our justice system.
Greater transparency on data will enable more scrutiny and analysis of our criminal justice system, and a more consistent approach to publishing data is a key aspect of creating a fairer justice system.
I am pleased to see the Government take forward recommendations for targets on the diversity of our Prison Governors and senior leadership, however I am disappointed that the Government have not felt able to move forward on targets or goals to achieve a representative judiciary and magistracy.
I found that the lack of diversity within our judiciary and magistracy has a significant effect on the trust deficit that I found in Britain’s BAME communities in relation to how the justice system is perceived. My Review demonstrated the lack of progress over the last decade in improving diversity amongst the judges that sit in our courts, and I am clear that more of the same will not work”.