This research project focuses on exploring the extent to which a family member’s involvement with the Criminal Justice System (CJS) affects Muslim families and their social and health needs. There has been little or no research undertaken either locally or nationally to assess the extent and nature of these aspects or, indeed, to address the specific needs of Muslim offenders’ families and the impact of the CJS on their health and social needs.
This research work looks beyond the findings from the Young Review and the Lammy Report reports and focuses on the families of Muslim offenders and the negative outcomes they experience from involvement with the Criminal Justice System. This research explores the factors that are closely associated with the families’ negative experiences: faith, culture, mental health, family relationships and emotional well-being, together with the absence of specialist support services available to Muslim families when they most need them.
Because of the dearth of any research undertaken to address these aspects, Arooj approached the Barrow Cadbury Trust in 2016, successfully, to fund this research project, Faith Families and Crime. The findings and recommendations, from the research, which was conducted across Lancashire and the North West, indicate clearly that Muslim families are neither well-informed nor supported throughout the CJS processes, from arrest to the post-sentencing report stage. And give rise to:-
The project belongs to third sector organisation, Arooj. The research collective of Arooj comprises: