Welcome to The Zahid Mubarek Trust

We are here to maintain and grow the legacy for change following Zahid’s tragic death.

The legacy that seeks to transform the prison system.

We believe that the response to crime should be effective, fair and humane.

We honour Zahid’s memory by supporting people in the criminal justice system whilst advocating for systemic change.

We are an independent national charity founded in 2009 by the family of 19-year-old Zahid Mubarek who was murdered by his racist cellmate on the morning scheduled for his release from Feltham Young Offender Institution.

We work in a challenging context where substantial change takes time and enormous effort. We recognise the complexity and intersectionality of our work and take this into account when developing programmes that are relevant, efficient and effective.

We publish content which includes blog articles, reports, news and resources which our visitors will find useful. We also regularly post on our social media channels with updates. Please get in touch if you are looking for something specific.

Covid-19 and Prisons

We are collecting data, resources and stories on COVID-19 in prisons and will offer analysis to better understand how coronavirus is impacting prisoners, particularly those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

News and Highlights

How Do Independent Monitoring Boards Report on Equalities in Prisons?

This report focuses on how the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs) monitor equalities work in prisons and Young Offender Institutions ...

A Record of Our Own: Lockdown Experiences of Ethnic Minority Prisoners

The report reveals the impact of the first six months of Covid-19 restrictions on ethnic minority prisoners and ...
Monitoring Places of Detention and Deprivation of Liberty during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Monitoring Places of Detention during the Pandemic

On 17th December 2020, the Zahid Mubarek Trust in partnership with the University of Bristol and the Royal Holloway ...

A Record of Our Own campaign

A Record of Our Own campaign was launched in June 2020 with the purpose to look at the ...

The Relationship between Civil Society and National Preventive Mechanisms

An International seminar on ‘The Relationship between Civil Society and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) was held on 26th ...

Human Rights and Detention in the time of Covid-19: UK and Ireland

On 30th April 2020 the Zahid Mubarek Trust and the Irish Penal Reform Trust co-organised this online international seminar. It included a presentation from ...

More Than Statistics


Over 27% of the prison population in England and Wales, 22,619 people, are from a minority ethnic group.

Ministry of Justice 2019

Black men are 26% more likely than white men to be remanded in custody.

Ministry of Justice Analytical Services 2016

52% of all children in custody are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.

Youth Custody Service 2019

The prison population has risen by 70% in the last 30 years.

Offender Management Statistics 2019

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The Zahid Mubarek Trust won the Criminal Justice Alliance Outstanding Organisation Award 2018

In 2013 the Zahid Mubarek Trust received the Longford Trust Highly Commended Award

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