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Race bias in court sentencing

Issue No. 2282

People from ethnic minorities who face court are more likely to be sentenced to prison than their white counterparts for certain categories of crime.

The findings come from a study of over a million recent sentencing records released by the Ministry of Justice.

The study found black offenders were 38 percent more likely to be imprisoned for public disorder or possession of a weapon and 27 percent more likely for drugs possession.

And it showed Asian offenders were 41 percent more likely to be sent to prison for drugs offences than their white counterparts.

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Tue 6 Dec 2011, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2282
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