Racially and religiously aggravated offences: “God’s gift to defence”?

Owusu-Bempah, Abenaa, Walters, Mark Austin and Wiedlitzka, Susann (2019) Racially and religiously aggravated offences: “God’s gift to defence”? Criminal Law Review. ISSN 0011-135X (Accepted)

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Abstract

The aim of our study was to assess the application of criminal laws (namely racially and religiously aggravated offences) and sentencing provisions for hate crime in England and Wales, and to detail the operational realities of hate crime legislation by gathering experiential accounts of the legislation “in action” from legal professionals. We undertook a thematic analysis of: public policies and publicly available statistics on hate crime; over 100 reported cases; and 71 in-depth, qualitative semi-structured interviews. We interviewed 21 Hate Crime Leads and Hate Crime Coordinators at the CPS; 17 independent barristers; nine Crown Court judges; 11 District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts); six police officers (and linked personnel); six practitioners working for a charitable organisation or civil society organisation that supports victims of hate crime; and one hate crime victim who had been through the court process.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: hate crime
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Subjects: K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KD0051 England and Wales
Depositing User: Mark Walters
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 12:42
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 12:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81911

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