Black young adults ‘more likely to be dragged into justice system’ for minor offences

Black young adults are more than eight times more likely to receive a conviction for a minor offence than their white peers, new statistics show. A report by the Revolving Doors Agency into racial bias in the criminal justice system warns that black adults aged 18 to 24 are “significantly more likely to be dragged into the criminal justice system for relatively low-level and non-violent offences, such as theft or minor drug offences, rather than being given the support they need”. Black young adults are 8.4 times more likely to receive a conviction than their white peers for so-called revolving door offences which include minor and non-violent offences, such as theft, summary non-motoring offences and drug offences, the study shows. Read more.