Smithson, Hannah, Wilcox, Aidan, Monchuk, Leanne, Christmann, Kris and Wong, Kevin (2011) The prevalence of youth racially motivated offending: What do we really know? Probation Journal, 58 (3). pp. 233-249. ISSN 0264-5505

This article reports on research conducted for the Youth Justice Board (YJB) which sought to establish the prevalence of racially motivated offending (RMO) amongst young people and the level of provision for such offenders. The article examines trends in youth RMO over the period 2002–2007 and explores the characteristics of offenders, geographical trends of RMO and sanctioning outcomes. Analysis demonstrates that of those young people referred to youth offending service (YOS) teams for RMO, the vast majority were male and white. There was a noticeable ‘North–South’ split in RMO, with levels in the North generally higher than in the South and sanctions for racially motivated offences were more severe than for offences generally. The paper calls for further investigation into the legislation and practice around youth RMO.

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