‘Race and the Criminal Justice System: Hearing from Young Adults’ is the first report from the T2A Young Adult Advisory Group and Leaders Unlocked. The T2A Young Adult Advisory Group is an innovative project enabling young adults with personal experience of the criminal justice system, such as a personal or family experience or engagement with the police, to have a national voice on policy.
In their first year, the group chose race and the criminal justice system as their first priority because it tied in with a number of current national developments, such as the Lammy Review and the Young Review. The report details the Advisory Group’s findings from peer-to-peer research carried out with 90 young adults across the country – including peer interviews in prisons, focus groups with Youth Offending Teams, homeless organisations and community groups.
The Group’s aims were to:
•Understand whether, and how, participants feel their racial, ethnic and religious identity affected these experiences.
•Explore participants’ views on trust in the CJS.
•Involve participants in the development of solutions for policy makers.
•Gather personal testimonies from BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) young adults of their experiences of policing and criminal justice.