We need to address the racialisation of crime and deviance | AN ALTERNATIVE LENS

With recent reports showing that half of young prison inmates are from a black and minority ethnic background, Basit Mahmood argues that it’s time for a new approach other than criminalisation without addressing underlying causes A report cited by the Voice newspaper in 2011 revealed that black boys made up 40% of the prison population,… Read More

Our treatment of prisoners condemns us all

by Maurice Mcleod  There’s an old cliché that you judge a society by how it treats its weakest and while this is still a very good measure I’d argue the real test of a society is how it treats it least popular members. In Britain, as in most societies, the people who garner the least… Read More

Jean Charles de Menezes and the limits of human rights

By Gracie Mae Bradley “In truth, if any officer reasonably decides that he must use lethal force, it will inevitably be because it is absolutely necessary to do so.” Collins J in (Bennett) v HM Coroner for Inner London [2007] Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR or Court) handed down its judgment… Read More

Watching the Detectives

by Jagdish Patel  The Monitoring Group has often been approached to support people who report police misconduct. Recently, we were approached by a young Jamaican woman from North London who had been beaten by a police officer in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Her daughter had been sick since she was a newborn and she had… Read More