CPS Prosecutions: Hate Crime

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 18th November 2021.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

What recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting cases of hate crime.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Solicitor-General

Hate crime can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities. In the last year, the CPS prosecuted more than 10,000 such offences; in 79% of those cases that resulted in a conviction, the court agreed to impose a sentence uplift to reflect this important aggravating factor. Let the message go out: those who seek to divide our society through hate can expect a robust response.

Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East

Hate crime is clearly a serious concern right across this country. Do local Crown Prosecution Service areas have all the resources that they need to take these measures on and prosecute people for hate crime?

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Solicitor-General

Yes, and those resources are growing. CPS London North maintains hate crime co-ordinators and inclusion and community engagement managers to provide a single point of contact on all aspects of hate crime prosecution. It has achieved some of the highest sentence uplift statistics anywhere in the country, with increases handed down in 83% of cases.