United Kingdom: Offenders who have Muslim names do not appear to be receiving unfairly long sentences from crown courts in England and Wales, according to a new criminology research.
The study by academics at Leeds, Oxford and Edinburgh universities questions the extent of discrimination in the criminal justice system and calls for publication of official data.
Their findings, published on Tuesday, seem to run counter to the Ministry of Justice’s published statistics on race in the criminal justice system and the 2017 Lammy review that found higher use of custodial sentences and longer sentences for certain black and minority ethnic defendants than for white offenders.
One feature the Lammy report identified was the reluctance of black defendants to plead guilty early in proceedings because of distrust in the system, which resulted in them losing the opportunity for reduced sentences.
The latest report in the British Journal of Criminology exploits what the authors say are “pioneering data-scraping techniques” based on 8,437 hearings between 2007 and 2017 involving defendants deemed to have traditional Muslim names.
Source: The Guardian UK