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NCJ Number: 120261 Find in a Library
Title: Emerging Criminal Justice Issue: When Hate Comes to Town: Preventing and Intervening in Community Hate Crime
Corporate Author: California Office of Criminal Justice Planning
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: California Office of Criminal Justice Planning
Sacramento, CA 95814
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Hate crime is examined in terms of its nature and causes, its perpetrators and victims, and community responses to it, particularly in California.
Abstract: Crimes of hate are acts or threats of violence or harassment directed against an individual or group and motivated totally or partly by hostility to their real or perceived race, ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation. A recent Federally sponsored study of hate crime showed that hate crime is widespread and increasing. Perpetrators are either members of extremist groups or people acting individually or in loosely organized groups. Victims are mainly blacks, Hispanics, Southeast Asians, Jews, and homosexuals. National efforts against hate crime have included proposed legislation, actions by the United States Department of Justice, statements, data collection efforts, training, and development of model human rights curricula. State responses have included legislation, task forces, study groups, prosecutorial efforts, victim assistance, and curricula. Local responses have generally included law enforcement efforts, municipal and private efforts to document hate crime, local crisis services for victims, local education efforts, and allocation of special prosecutorial resources to hate crimes. Despite the increasing problem, workable prevention and response models have been established, and pilot projects have been successfully implemented. Lists of sources of resources and a case study from one California county are included. 29 references.
Main Term(s): Hate Crimes
Index Term(s): Bias related violence; California; Community crime prevention programs; Federal programs
Note: Research update V 1, N 4
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