‘Action needed’ on over-representation of black youths in Islington criminal justice system

Young black people are more 'likely to be identified as suspects in crimes, but less likely to have

Young black people are more 'likely to be identified as suspects in crimes, but less likely to have any follow up following an arrests'. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA - Credit: PA WIRE

Young black people are “over-represented” in Islington’s criminal justice system, council leaders will hear on Thursday.

A report on knife crime and mobile phone theft in the borough said “specific steps” need to be taken to address the “disproportionality”.

The report, by Islington’s policy and performance scrutiny committee, will be heard by the executive.

It says young black people are more “likely to be identified as suspects in crimes, but less likely to have any follow up following an arrest”.

Meanwhile, the document also said young people “suffer from a lack of affordable sports facilities in their area, particularly the most vulnerable”.


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The committee recommended the council investigate using school and leisure facilities in the evenings and weekends in order to offer low-cost sporting options.

Thursday’s meeting, in the town hall, is open to the public and starts at 7pm.

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