The Colour of Injustice: ‘race’, drugs and law enforcement in England and Wales

Date & time: Location: LSE

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy and The International Drug Policy Unit

This event brings together stakeholders and experts from various sectors to discuss racial disparities in policing and drug law enforcement as well as a range of possible policy solutions.

The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, Drugs and Law Enforcement in England and Wales was published by the LSE (International Drug Policy Unit), StopWatch, and Release in October 2018. It shows that the unequal enforcement of drug laws continues to be a source of profound racial injustice, driving the over-representation of black people throughout the criminal justice system, from first point of contact (police stop and search), through arrest and the use of out of court disposals, to prosecution, conviction and sentencing.  While official discourse in this area is dominated by talk of knives, gangs, organised crime groups, drug supply, county lines and modern slavery, The Colour of Injustice tells a different story – one of deprived, minority communities being over-policed and selectively criminalised for minor drug possession offences that are largely ignored in other contexts and for other groups. The key findings and recommendations from the report will be presented and then discussed by a panel of experts drawn from the political arena, civil society, policing, and the legal professions. 

Katrina Ffrench @StopWatchUK is the Chief Executive of StopWatch and has overseen the publication of several reports including The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, Drugs and Law Enforcement.

David Lammy @DavidLammy is the Labour Party politician MP for Tottenham. He is one of Parliament's most prominent and successful campaigners for social justice. In April 2018 the Home Secretary asked David to join the Government's Serious Violence Taskforce. 

Michael Shiner is an Associate Professor in the LSE Department of Social Policy and is Head of Teaching for the International Drug Policy Unit. He is also a member of Stopwatch and is one of the authors of The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, Drugs and Law Enforcement in England and Wales. 

David Tucker is the head of crime and criminal justice at the College of Policing. David’s current role involves turning policy, recommendations and legislation into advice, guidance and training for policing. 

Baljit Ubhey is the Director of Prosecution Policy & Inclusion at the Crown Prosecution Service, leading a policy team within the CPS’ operations directorate whilst leading on equality and inclusion across the service.

John Collins @JCollinsIDPU is Executive Director of the LSE’s International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU), a Fellow of the LSE US Centre and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalization.   

The Department of Social Policy @LSESocialPolicy provides top quality international and multidisciplinary research and teaching on social and public policy challenges facing countries across the world.

The International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU) @LSEIDPU is a cross-regional and multidisciplinary project, designed to establish a global centre for excellence in the study of international drug policy.


Date: Monday 20 May 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields

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