Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Release authored a joint shadow report alongside Amnesty, IDPC, HRI and Unjust UK to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Disparities (CERD) who are reviewing the state's racial disparity within the context of drug policy and its enforcement within England and Wales in July 2024.

This report focuses on the discriminatory application of drug law enforcement in England and Wales for children and adults alike, highlighting not only the experiences of those who are brought into contact with the criminal legal system but how discriminatory practices are playing out within educational and health settings. Research indicates that decriminalisation of use, possession, cultivation and acquisition of drugs for personal use can reduce contact between police and Black communities.