A local church that is located within a stone’s throw of HM Prison Birmingham, formerly Winson Green Prison, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to launch an Inquiry into the mass incarceration of Black British young people of African and Caribbean descent. The petition which has been signed by over 150 congregants says:
‘We the undersigned, being members and friends of the Church of God of Prophecy, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 7DL, call upon our Prime Minister to hold an Inquiry into why such a disproportionate number of young people, particularly young black men, are in Prison in Britain. We understand that young black British men are up to five times more likely than white to be in prison’.
The congregation was responding to a sermon that asked, ‘Why are so many young black men in prison, and what can the church do’. The sermon highlighted the startling statistics that whilst African and Caribbean people in Britain represent approximately 3% of the population, their proportion of the prison population varies generally between 13% and 22%, with some prisons in the south east being almost entirely black, as Diane Abbott MP, is reported to have said.
The church awaits a reply from the Prime Minister.
1) The Church of God of Prophecy in Britain is part of an international network of Pentecostal churches. This year it celebrates its 60th anniversary in Britain as one of the oldest Black-led churches in the country.
2) Contact: Deseta Davis on 0121 551 3919 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Story from National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF) newsletter, issue 5 2013