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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Owusu-Bempah on Racially and Religiously Aggravated Offences

Abenaa Owusu-BempahMark Walters and Susann Wiedlitzka (London School of Economics - Law Department, University of Sussex Law School and University of Sussex - School of Law, Politics and Sociology) have posted Racially and Religiously Aggravated Offences: ‘God’s Gift to Defence’? (Criminal Law Review (6). pp. 463-485, 2019) on SSRN. Here is the 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.

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