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Stronger CPS cases in hate crime lead to increase in guilty pleas

The Crown Prosecution Service is prosecuting more hate crimes, more successfully and with more defendants pleading guilty than ever before.

As the CPS publishes its Hate crimes and crimes against older people report 2010-11, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said: “All crime is unacceptable but offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics are particularly damaging to any civilised society.”

In 2008-09, there were 9,035 guilty pleas out of a total of 10,690 convictions and 13,030 prosecutions overall relating to hate crime. In 2009-10 this went up to 9,700 guilty pleas, 11,405 convictions and 13,921 prosecutions. In 2010-11 there were 10,823 guilty pleas out of 12,651 convictions and 15,284 prosecutions overall.

The CPS Hate Crimes and crimes against older people report for 2010-11 is online here and a press release available here. The CPS reviewed their procedures for prosecuting hate crime at the recommendation of the All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism.