Hate Crime and Hate Crime Legislation in the United States
Manning, Wendy E.
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Hate crime cannot be ignored, but rather must be studied, understood and legislated with care to avoid infringing on First Amendment rights. By their nature, hate crime investigations study the offender's beliefs to determine if the offender chose his victim because of their membership in some minority group. Because the words, associations and actions of the offender all contribute to proving this, First Amendment rights must be carefully guarded. However, this must be balanced with the need to legislate this violent crime. The following pages attempts to discuss the problems of legislating bias crime. Because there is no widespread agreement on this issue, the debates and opinions on every level is varied.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.
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