Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women face a “double disadvantage” in the criminal justice system, according to a new report, published on 24 April 2017, from Agenda and Women in Prison. The report found that BAME women felt:
- They were not treated fairly in court and were unjustly penalised by judges and juries, who they felt were often made up of white men.
- They were not listened to or informed about court proceedings, e.g. only one woman out of 20 knew whether she had had a pre-sentence report or not.
- They were discriminated against and experienced racism in prison from both staff and other prisoners.
- The impact on families was far-reaching, with children often separated from their mothers.
- Some women were ostracised by their communities after being sent to prison.