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CPS Hate Crime Report

Foreword by the Director of Public Prosecutions

All crime is unacceptable but offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics set a particular challenge to a civilised society. For the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) therefore, effectively addressing all forms of hate crime and crimes targeting older people remain a core commitment.

The CPS Core Quality Standards1 were introduced in 2010. The standards describe the quality of service that can be expected by victims, witnesses and defendants and set out the essential considerations for the prosecution of all crime. We regularly monitor the number and quality of our hate crime prosecutions and continually review the guidance provided to our prosecutors to ensure that our performance and the service that we provide to the victims of hate crime improves. This report sets out our  performance and highlights any emerging trends.

During 2010/11, we prosecuted 15,284 hate crimes which is 10% more than we prosecuted in the previous year and 12,651 of these cases resulted in a successful
outcome this is 11% more than the previous year. I am also particularly pleased that 85.5% of our successful cases involved a guilty plea as this demonstrates that our prosecutors are building stronger cases. This increase in guilty pleas benefits the victims of these crimes and the efficiency of the criminal justice system.

We continue to improve our understanding of all aspects of hate crime through our joint work with organisations such as MIND and the scrutiny and feedback on our handling of hate crime cases provided by our local scrutiny panels and our network of Hate Crime Coordinators. Therefore, although, I am pleased by the improvements in our performance during this year, there is still room for improvement so I am in no way complacent about the task ahead; particularly in relation to disability and transphobic hate crime where I believe we are very much at the beginning of our journey.

We have identified key lessons to take forward next year with the assistance of
stakeholders locally and nationally. In 2011/12, our Equality and Diversity objectives will reflect our commitment to improving hate crime performance and we look forward to working with other government agencies on the development of the new Hate crime action plan and to working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to take forward the recommendations from their Inquiry into disability related harassment with a view to building on our progress next year.

Keir Starmer QC
Director of Public Prosecutions
January 2012

Source: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/docs/cps_hate_crime_report_2011.pdf

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