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New Chair for the National Independent Advisory Group

New Chair for the National Independent Advisory Group - Action on Race Equality in the Criminal Justice System

The Young Review Independent Advisory Group (IAG) was established three years ago following the successful launch of the Young Review (2014). The Young Review made six recommendations to improve outcomes for black and/or Muslim young men 16-24 in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and has worked closely with the Ministry of Justice and HM Prison and Probation Service to push for the implementation of these recommendations.

The work of the IAG over the last three years has included working with Ministry of Justice and other government agencies on improving outcomes for black and/or Muslim offenders, hosting conferences, producing regular blogs and maintaining a social media presence, collaborating with other voluntary and community sector partners on the agenda of addressing ethnic disparities in the CJS, and developing a race equality charter scheme for CJS agencies which will be piloted in 2018.

With the publication of the Lammy review into the treatment and outcomes of black Asian and minority ethnic groups in the CJS of England and Wales, the government’s response in 2017 and its Race Disparity Audit it is now time to reposition our work to maximise the opportunity we have to make the justice system fairer for everyone. We have expanded the remit of the IAG and want to expand the membership to reflect this wider remit.

Baroness Lola Young has been integral to the review’s activities and chaired the IAG for the past three years. She has decided to step down as chair and we have recruited a new chair to lead the third phase of the work.

We are delighted to announce that the successful entrepreneur, journalist and restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab OBE has been appointed as the new Chair for the renamed National Independent Advisory Group (NIAG formerly Young Review Advisory Group).