Justice denied: Roma in the criminal justice system

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Research by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and Fair Trials details shocking inequalities in the experience of Romani people in the criminal justice systems of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and North Macedonia.

Justice Denied: Roma in the Criminal Justice System is a summary document of four national research reports which will be published later this year, co-produced by the ERRC and Fair Trials.

The report builds on existing evidence of systemic racism against Roma within law enforcement agencies, and offers further evidence that Roma are more likely to be ethnically profiled and drawn into the criminal justice system than non-Roma. Within these countries’ criminal justice systems Roma are less likely to receive adequate legal representation, more likely to be held in pre-trial detention, and more likely to receive custodial sentences than their non-Roma counterparts.