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'Statistics show apparent injustice in court system'

Statistical facts have shown that the British judiciary system appears to be biased against minority groups, says an academic in London.

Professor Rodney Shakespeare said the bias against non-white groups not only includes the sentences handed over to minorities, but also the assumptions raised against them.

“If you are in a minority group, you not only get stiffer penalties, fines and jail sentences compared to a white group," Shakespeare told Press TV in a phone interview on Saturday.

Shakespeare said that in addition to the apparent partiality and unfairness in the justice system, Britain’s education system is also racially biased against blacks and other minorities and they are not granted the same opportunities as whites.  

He said indiscriminate opportunities  in education and jobs is the only way to overcome the social injustices; by building a genuine economy for these groups, instead of the low paid, temporary and insecure jobs they are often occupied in.

In a related study by David Lammy, a member of the UK Parliament, he concluded that British black, Asian, and minority groups, “face bias … in parts of the justice system,”

The study showed that young black people were nine times more likely to be imprisoned than their white peers in England and Wales.

As a result of this discrimination, the MP said, they have a deep mistrust of the justice system.

“They see the system in terms of ‘them and us’,” Lammy said, adding, “Many do not trust the promises made to them by their own solicitors, let alone officers in a police station warning them to admit guilt.”  

In August, official figures released by Scotland Yard showed that the Metropolitan Police had used force against a disproportionately large number of black people in London between May and July.

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