A survey carried out by The Runnymede Trust has found that black inmates are twice as likely to have negative experiences whilst in prison when compared to their white counterparts, with experts warning that cuts being made to prison staff are increasing the existing racial inequalities that BME prisoners are experiencing.
The figures show that forty per cent of black male prisoners have experienced a negative outcome, compared to 21 per cent of white male prisoners. BME prisoners were also more likely to be put into segregation and to be restrained.
The UK Government last week pledged to increase the number of BME officers in prisons, however the Runnymede Trust stated that the Government will need to hire at least four times as many BME officers in order to reflect prison populations.
These findings come after the Government’s race disparity audit revealed that black, Asian and mixed-raced people were more likely to be suspected of, and victims of crime in England and Wales.
An independent study has also found that black people in the UK were four times as likely to be in prison than would be expected given their proportion of the total population, with black people accounting for just 3 per cent of the UK population, but making up 12 per cent of people in prison.