Race & Equality Action Group

As part of the Race & Equality Action Group (REAG) POPS were involved in a scoping study to determine whether the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) should develop a strategy for working with Muslim prisoners and offenders and how this might be implemented. REAG intends to develop a strategy that engages positively with the needs of Muslim prisoners and tries to ensure that they are not discriminated against on the basis of their religious convictions. Fifty families were surveyed by POPS to help identify the issues for the families and friends of Muslim prisoners.

As part of the Race & Equality Action Group POPS were also key partners in the 2008 Race Review, co-chairing the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) alongside Lord Rosser, non-executive member of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Management Board to ensure the review was open and transparent.

To find out more about the National Offender Management Service’s approach to Equality and Diversity you can read their Single Equality Scheme 2009–2012 Promoting Equality in Prisons and Probation.