chapter  4
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The experiences of black and minority ethnic prison staff

ByHindpal Singh Bhui, Julia Fossi

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on prisoners’ experiences of racism. The murder of Zahid Mubarek in Feltham Young Offenders Institution and the subsequent Commission for Racial Equality (CRE 2003a, 2003b) and public inquiries (Keith 2006) have highlighted the severity and impact of racism within prison. While both inquiries were extremely critical of some prison staff for racism, collusion or incompetence, it was not part of their specific remits to examine the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff. In fact, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the experiences of prison staff of any background in the wider prison literature, although this is slowly increasing (e.g. Liebling and Price 2001; Crawley 2004).