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A Policymaker's Guide to Hate Crimes

By Gist, Nancy E.

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Foreword: In recent years hate crimes and related legal issues have received a significant amount of coverage and commentary in the news media. As a result of several dramatic incidents of hate crimes and domestic terrorism, public awareness and concern over bias-motivated crimes have heightened, and the topic has steadily moved up the political agendas of leaders at every level of government. These developments have led Attorney General Janet Reno to seek an assessment of laws and strategies designed to fight, gauge, and prevent bias-motivated offenses; this monograph both reflects and helps meet that commitment. A Policymaker?s Guide to Hate Crimes is the product of a review of recent literature on hate crimes, interviews with hate crime experts, and attendance at congressional hearings and a planning meeting on hate crimes and terrorism. It is meant to explain, in layperson?s terms, the scope and nature of the Nation?s hate crime problem and to provide a general overview of the current responses to hate crimes by local, State, and Federal government agencies; law enforcement authorities; and civil rights groups.

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Table of Contents Executive Summary ......................................................................................... ix Introduction Origins and Definition of Hate Crimes ........................ 1 Hate Crimes Then and Now ............................................. 1 Defining Hate Crimes......................................................... 2 Chapter 1 Scope of the Hate Crimes Problem ................................ 5 Introduction ......................................................................... 5 Hate Crime Statistics Act ................................................... 5 Hate Crime Trends ............................................................. 6 Disparities in Statistics ....................................................... 8 Factors Influencing Reporting .......................................... 9 Chapter 2 Understanding Hate Crimes............................................ 13 Characteristics of Hate Crimes ......................................... 13 African Americans: Most Likely Victims ........................ 14 Arsons at Black Churches .................................................. 15 Role of the Black Church .......................................... 16 Public Responses ........................................................ 16 Federal Responses...................................................... 18 Other Targets of Hate Crimes ........................................... 19 A Climate for Hate Crimes ................................................ 19 Trigger Incidents ........................................................ 20 External Influences .................................................... 20 Scapegoating ............................................................... 20 Who Commits Hate Crimes?............................................. 20 Significance of Hate Crime Statistics ............................... 21 Chapter 3 The Role of Hate Groups ................................................. 23 A New Strategy ................................................................... 23 A New Definition? .............................................................. 25 Chapter 4 Hate Crimes and the Law ................................................. 27 R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, Minn. ......................................... 29 Wisconsin v. Mitchell............................................................ 30 Other Decisions ................................................................... 31 The American Civil Liberties Union?s Response ........... 33

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Title: A Policymaker's Guide to Hate Crimes  
Author: Gist, Nancy E.
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Language: English
Subject: Law., Law & economy, Litigation and arbitration
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