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New Report Makes Recommendations for Disability and Criminal Law

A recent report published by the Criminal Justice Disability Project has made a number of exciting recommendations which could change practices in criminal law concerning those with disabilities.

According to the study, people with disabilities can struggle to report crimes committed against them. This is due to communication barriers, feeling unable to ask for reasonable adjustments, and struggling to access buildings associated with the justice system, such as solicitors’ offices.

The report makes 76 recommendations which could help fix these problems, which include:

  • providing deaf awareness training for staff members in criminal justice organisations,
  • initiating a public awareness campaign surrounding hate crime perpetrated against people with disabilities, and
  • encouraging all criminal justice sites and solicitors’ offices to audit their premises and adapt them to make them physically accessible for all, with adequate disabled parking and accessible entrance ramps.

The Law Society of Scotland welcomed the report, calling it “an excellent foundation” for ongoing work to make the criminal justice system more accessible to people with disabilities. The changes recommended by the report may be implemented over the next several years, reforming the criminal justice system to ensure that it secures justice for all victims of hate crime.

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