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Lammy to Lead Racism Review.
Tottenhamâ€™s Labour MP David Lammy is to lead a government review of racism in the justice system. Black and ethnic minorities make up 14 percent of the population of England and Wales but more than a quarter of the prison population.
â€œIf youâ€™re black, youâ€™re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university,â€ the Prime Minister has said. â€œAnd if youâ€™re black, it seems youâ€™re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if youâ€™re white. We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination.â€
Lammy, the first black Briton to study at Harvard and a barrister, will report back in spring 2017 with his recommendations.
â€œIâ€™ve been working in this area for almost two decades and am very pleased to lead this comprehensive, independent review across our criminal justice system. The urgency is clear,â€ he said.