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The Hidden Crime of Hate

Tuesday 19 August 2008 20:00-20:40 (Radio 4 FM)

Repeated: Sunday 24 August 2008 17:00-17:40 (Radio 4 FM)


Geoff Adams-Spink looks at hate crimes against the disabled. In spite of some disturbing high-profile cases, the criminal justice system is failing to address the problem and apply the law. Recent legislation gave courts the power to increase sentences in cases when a crime can be demonstrated to have been motivated by hostility towards someone's disability. In reality, this sentencing provision has hardly ever been used.

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