Rehabilitation of hate crime offenders

Iganski, Paul and Dixon, Liz and Kielinger, Vicky and Mason, Gail and Jack, McDevitt and Perry, Barbara and Stelman, Andy and Bargen, Jenny and Lagou, Spiridoula and Pfeffer, Rebecca and Smith, David (2011) Rehabilitation of hate crime offenders. Equality and Human Rights Commission, Scotland.

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In October 2010 the Equality Act came into force which, among the new general duties it places on public bodies, requires public authorities to take action to “promote understanding” and “tackle prejudice”. The duty on a public body to reduce prejudice can be seen to include working with those people in the community whose prejudice has an impact both on them and the people around them and therefore applies to the area of criminal justice and ‘hate crime’ offenders. However, despite the growing attention and interest in hate crime, there is a clear need for a shared learning about how to effectively manage offenders. This report aims to provide a contribution to that learning by presenting a research review of some of the initiatives that have been established. The research drew on international knowledge and expertise to look for relevant programmes in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe, as well as in the UK, and, when programmes were identified, sought more information wherever possible by visits and telephone contacts with those responsible for the programmes. On the basis of the research findings, and in the context of the 2010 Equality Act, a number of recommendations are made for the design and delivery of programmes for the rehabilitation of hate crime offenders in the UK.

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