"Last year…for every African Caribbean male on campus, there were two in jail"
- Trevor Phillips, Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture, 2004
At the end of December 2005, one in four of the prison population, 19,549 prisoners, was from a minority ethnic group - a rise of 2,000 in just three years. This compares to one in eleven of the general population.
Overall black prisoners account for the largest number of ethnic prisoners (57%) and their numbers are rising . Between 1999 and 2002 the total prison population grew by just over 12% but the number of black prisoners grew by 51%
In 2002 there were more African Caribbean entrants to prison (over 11,500) than there are to UK universities (around 8,000)
Prison receptions of all known Black and Minority Ethnic groups increased by 37 per cent between 1998 and 2002 - more than 8 times the increase for white prisoners
Black British prisoners make up 12 per cent of the prison population and two per cent of the general population.