crime essay

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If the criminal Justice is a ‘system’ in England and Wales, describe and examine how the agencies within contribute to the over-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic populations in prison. In England and Wales we have in place a criminal justice system which is made up of many agencies which are their protect the public and the offenders. Most of the agencies work closely together; they consist of the Police, CPS, Courts, Probation, Prisons and Youth Justice. “Criminal Justice is about societies formal response to crime and is defined more specifically in terms of a series of decisions and actions taken by a number of agencies in response to a specific crime or criminal or crime in general” (Davies et al., 2010:8). The aims of…show more content…
“It was also assumed that the criminal justice system treated all ethnic groups fairly”(Bryant 2012 internet) Representatives of BME Groups are no more susceptible to crime than other sections of the population, but are still over-represented in crime statistics. ' Many members of society assume that ethnic minorities are more prone to being involved in criminal activity, than white people. This is reflected in official statistics. Official statistics show that young black males are over represented at every stage within the criminal justice system. The patterns of offending among ethnic groups are often reported to be attributed by young men. Researchers “suggest that any link between crime rates and ethnic background is purely a function of police prejudice” (Lea and Young 1982:38). “The media have picked upon a typical black crime and portrayed it as the typical crime” (Lea and Young 1982:38). ’BME groups and along with stats that’s how they are over- represented. When the statistics are analysed its clear to see that the pattern of offending varies between different BME groups also the level of offending varies greatly. In order to describe the reason and extent of young black people 's overrepresentation, we need to anyalse the statistics. Overall, we can say with more certainty that the patterns of offending vary between different BME groups than that the level of offending varies significantly. Figures show more young black people are

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