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Contesting the Single Story: Collective Punishment, Myth-Making and Racialised Criminalisation

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On the 31 January 2016, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a review, to be led by the Labour MP David Lammy, to investigate “evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities”. He continued,

If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university. And if you’re black, it seems you’re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if you’re white. We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination. (Ross 2016)

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    Whilst we acknowledge the criminal justice ‘system’ in England and Wales encompasses a large and varied number of organisations, for our purpose, we isolate the police service, Her Majesty’s Court Services (HMCS) inclusive of Crown and Magistrates Courts, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS).

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    It was not possible to break down the Nottingham data beyond the omnibus BAME category.

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    Serious violence is defined by the Home Office as the offence types of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, wounding and actual bodily and grievous bodily harm.

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    The ‘non-black’ group includes all those who were NOT identified as black African, black Caribbean, black other or of mixed heritage with one of the black groupings.

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Williams, P., Clarke, B. (2018). Contesting the Single Story: Collective Punishment, Myth-Making and Racialised Criminalisation. In: Bhatia, M., Poynting, S., Tufail, W. (eds) Media, Crime and Racism. Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71776-0_16

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