Overcoming Language Barriers in the Criminal Justice System

Policy recommendations summary

In this summary, we outline our policy recommendations, across three key areas, for tackling the language barriers faced by speakers of ESL* in the criminal justice system:

  • Improving data collection across the system;
  • Ensuring the rights of ESL speakers are upheld;
  • Improving access to effective ESOL in prison to support rehabilitation.

For more information on the language barriers in the criminal justice system, explore our research.

*English as a second or additional language.