UK: RACISM, POLICING AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism


"This study examines the processes of criminalisation that contribute to unequal outcomes for young Black, Asian and Minority ethnic people. It has been written by Patrick Williams and Becky Clarke of Manchester Metropolitan University.

The research draws on a survey of nearly 250 serving prisoners convicted under joint enterprise provisions. It tracks the complex process of criminalisaiton through which black and minority ethnic people are unfairly identified by the police as members of dangerous gangs."


See the full text: Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism (Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, link)

The key findings cover the following:

1. Establishing foresight: Making associations to support JE prosecutions
2. The ‘gang’ as a racialised signifier of association
3. Challenging associations: A disconnect between racialised gangs and serious violence


See: Key findings (pdf) and the full report: Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism (pdf)

 

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