Criminal justice chiefs join forces to discuss Young Review

Man at work in a garden centreSenior figures from across the South West have met to discuss the next steps in a bid to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) offenders in the region.

Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, members of the Black Police Association and other criminal justice system workers attended a roundtable discussion on the findings of The Young Review on Monday 25 January.

The Young Review found that there was a disproportionately high numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) offenders in the criminal justice system and were affected by poor outcomes. It argued the situation had now reached a critical point and the people behind the report are now working with all those involved to address the challenges faced.

Hosted by Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC), Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC) and the National Probation Service, the event took place at Queensway House in Worle, Weston-super-Mare and was chaired by report author Baroness Lola Young. It was supported by the Black South West Network (BSWN) and Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG).

John Wiseman, probation director for both BGSW CRC and DDC CRC, said: “This is a matter of concern for all those working in the criminal justice system, whether in policing, the courts, probation or other related professions.

“The discussions were productive and we are all very committed to tackling these challenges head-on, helping to break the cycle of reoffending and support people affected into law-abiding lives.”

A full copy of The Young Review report is available at