Victims of disability hate crime are being let down

  • A report has concluded that victims of disability hate crime are being let down by the justice system. /images/blog/person_in_a_wheelchair.jpg

    Police, prosecutors and probations services have failed to bring in need change over the past two years, a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has found, reports the BBC.

    The CPS, police and probation service have said that they are committed to working together to improve their approach.

    Following a report two years ago, police, prosecutors and probation trusts were urged to adopt and publish one "single, clear and uncomplicated" definition of crime.  

    The latest report has been carried out by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP).

    Kevin McGinty, chief inspector of HMCPSI, said: "The report's conclusions show that although the three criminal justice agencies have undertaken some initiatives to improve the way they deal with disability hate crime, the overall performance, acknowledged by all agencies, is still disappointing. The police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the probation service recognise that further work needs to be carried out to ensure disability hate crime victims are recognised and given the appropriate level of support and service by the criminal justice system."

    The CPS, College of Policing and National Police Chiefs' Council said in a joint statement: "It's disappointing that the measures put in place to build confidence among those who experience disability hate crime have not led to a significant increase in reporting. Whilst reporting rates in England and Wales are higher than in other countries, we recognise that there is a need to make further progress. We are committed to working together and alongside local organisations in order to press forward and ensure all members of our society are treated as equals."

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