PCC welcomes Lammy Review
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
welcomed the 'Lammy Report' into the treatment of, and
outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the
criminal justice system.
Commenting on the report David Jamieson said,
"David Lammy MP yesterday released the results of a inquiry into
the treatment of BAME people in the courts and prison system. The
major review recommended that defendants should be allowed to plead
guilty and go to rehab instead of court.
"David Lammy MP highlighted the success of a pilot diversion
scheme in the West Midlands called Turning Point, which found
violent offenders were 35% less likely to reoffend if given a
Turning Point contract.
"This was an intensive contract which makes offenders face up to
their crimes and complete rehabilitation schemes, without going
through the court process. If they are successfully rehabilitated
then they could have their charges dropped. However, if they show
no signs of changing their ways they are prosecuted.
"A common part of the process is for the offender to commit to
treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction.
"We are in conversations about how its lessons and successes can
be rolled out across the West Midlands."