The Stephen Lawrence inquiry 10 years on: a critical review of the literature: summary

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Nicola Rollock
Runnymede Trust
Date of publication
1 February 2009
Criminal Justice Services, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This report summary draws on the findings of a literature review which examines progress in implementing the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report. The publication on 24 February 1999 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report was hailed as a defining moment in police relations with black and minority ethnic groups. It highlighted the ways in which the criminal justice system had repeatedly let down the Lawrence family through ‘collective failure’ of the murder investigation and ‘institutional racism’. The report’s recommendations sought improved openness and accountability across the criminal justice system and focused the police and other law enforcement practitioners on tackling institutional racism. However, a full-scale critical review of the literature of the past ten years reveals many ways in which the relationship between police and black and minority ethnic groups has not changed significantly. This summary draws on that evidence to make five key recommendations to support the reduction of racist prejudice and disadvantage and the demonstration of fairness in all aspects of policing.

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