Just a quarter of black people in the West Midlands have confidence in the region's criminal justice system, according to a poll.
The survey, by Mori, quizzed 1,000 residents of the West Midlands to explore public attitudes to the CJS.
Black people's confidence in the system was up by seven per cent on 2001, when the last such survey was carried out, but it was still the lowest among the ethnic populations.
It found that black respondents were almost twice as likely than others as a whole to have been stopped by the police (18 per cent compared with 11 per cent) and three times more likely to have been searched by the police (nine per cent compared with two per cent).
On the whole however, 41 per cent thought the system had improved in the way it deals with black and minority ethnic communities in light of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. This compares with 26 per cent in 2001.
As in 2001, young people hanging around in the streets was the most commonly cited concern followed by vandalism of cars and theft from cars. An increased and more visible police presence was the measure most supported among respondents to make people feel safer.
Introducing tougher sentences on criminals remains the measure perceived as most effective in making people feel safer.
Public confidence in the "effectiveness of the criminal justice system to bring offenders to justice" is tracked on a quarterly basis through the British Crime Survey.
Overall, at present, it stands at 41.1 per cent in the West Midlands.
Asians have the highest levels of confidence (49 per cent) in the CJS. But 50 per cent of people think that the system is not effective in dealing with young people accused of crime compared with 22 per cent who think it is effective.
"This survey highlights the progress made since 2001, but there is still a long way to go," said David Shaw, West Midlands Assistant Chief Constable.
"Improving the experience for all users of the criminal justice system is vital if we are to build confidence and change perceptions around delivering justice in the West Midlands."