Counted Out: A Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Women in the Criminal Justice System

Published: Aug 2017

Eliza Cardale, Edgar Kimmett, Katy Swaine Williams

This report highlights the overlooked inequalities experienced by many Black, Asian and minority ethnic women in the criminal justice system.

Key findings:

  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic women are more likely to plead not guilty in the Crown Court, leaving them open to potentially longer prison sentences if convicted.
  • Whilst in prison, Black, Asian and minority ethnic women consistently report feeling less safe.
  • Many report experiencing racial and religious discrimination from other prisoners and from staff whilst in prison.

Despite sharing the same concerns and challenges faced by men and women from other ethnic backgrounds, the report highlights that for many their experience of the criminal justice system differs depending on their ethnicity.