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NCJ Number: 121933 Find in a Library
Title: Crimes of Bias or Hate
Author(s): K Hart
Corporate Author: Alaska State Legislature
House Research Agency
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Alaska State Legislature
Juneau, AK 99801
Type: Conference Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research document, prepared for a representative of the Alaska State House of Representatives, provides information on bias crimes -- words or actions intended to intimidate or injure individuals because of their national origin, race, religion, or sexual preference.
Abstract: Included is Alaska's bias crime statute, along with similar statutes from Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Most State bias crime statutes do not address bias crimes committed against persons because of their sexual preferences. The research materials also include an overview article by Peter Finn entitled "Bias Crime: Difficult to Define, Difficult to Prosecute," which appeared in Criminal Justice in the summer of 1988. In the article, Mr. Finn points out that at least half of the offenders arrested for bias crimes are juveniles and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. Special problems in the prosecution of bias crimes are outlined in the Finn article.
Main Term(s): Bias related violence
Index Term(s): Alaska; Civil rights; Homosexuality-crime relationships; Racially motivated violence; State laws
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