Arooj is the research team that worked on ‘Faith, Family and Crime’, and includes Tariq Mahmood and Mohammad Hanif. Arooj is a third sector organisation that has more than ten years of community-based experience of working to deliver a holistic, culturally appropriate and specific support service to BAME and Muslim offenders/ex-offenders and their families. Their work is focused particularly within the South Asian Communities of the North West.
Faith, culture and injustice
A critical analysis of primary research findings that reveal the negative outcomes experienced by Muslim families involved in the British Criminal Justice System. The research findings discussed in this paper look beyond the content of the Young Review and the Lammy Report and focus on the families of Muslim offenders and their negative experiences from involvement with the Criminal Justice System. The project explores the intersecting factors that are associated with the families’ experiences: faith, culture, mental health, family relationships and the absence of specialist support services available to Muslim families when they most need them.