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The school-to-prison pipeline affecting black children is real and it is not just taking major shape in the United States.
A British watchdog group that observes legal injustice called the HM Inspectorate of Prisons has released a new report, which is based on a study that began nearly 20 years ago.
In the United Kingdom, black people account for less than five percent of the national population. However, when it comes to the UK’s population of youth offenders jailed in juvenile correctional facilities nationwide, 51 percent of the denizens locked up in these institutions were black males.
The HM Inspectorate of Prisons found that this mind-boggling figure represented the 2017-18 academic year. The sad state of affairs showed a three percent increase from the 2016-17 academic year when black male juveniles made up 48 percent of the population in correctional facilities.
“For the first time, more than half of boys in prison identify as being from a black or minority ethnic background,” said Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform in an interview with The Independent, a national UK newspaper.
“Sixteen months after the Lammy Review was published, it is disturbing that disproportionately it is growing,” Crook also said.
The entity that released the most recent Lammy Review report is another independent group that conducts research on the treatment of blacks and other ethnic minorities in the UK’s adult and juvenile penal systems.
This recent report by The Independent, which covers studies conducted by watchdog groups dedicated to prison reform further confirms a very grim reality.
The prison-industrial complex (PIC) that disproportionately prepares black children for prolonged incarceration in adulthood does not just serve an American interest. The PIC lobby serves an ever-expanding global interest as well.