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NCJ Number: 136063 Find in a Library
Title: Hate Crimes (From Bias Crime: The Law Enforcement Response, P 51-56, 1991, Nancy Taylor, ed. -- See NCJ-136058)
Author(s): A Tomaso
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of International Criminal Justice
1033 West Van Buren Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60607-2919
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Cook County (Illinois) has established a Hate Crimes Prosecution Council in the State's Attorney's Office to develop and implement laws and advise the State's Attorney on the prosecution of hate crimes.
Abstract: The council includes representatives from business, government, law enforcement, religious organizations, and community organizations. The council meets to monitor and review the prosecutors' activities, takes part in prosecutor training, and helps train law enforcement agencies. The council also provides a speaker's bureau to educate the public and provides referral services for victims of hate crimes. The main goal of these activities is to develop community understanding of what a hate crime is in Illinois. The three categories of hate crimes include bias-related noncriminal acts such as harassment and slander, personal or property crimes defined as hate crimes under Illinois law, and other criminal violations in which the motive is hate. In hate crime case, defense attorneys usually argue that the defendant was improperly identified or that the defendant was actually the victim. To counter these defenses successfully, law enforcement personnel must use great care during their initial response and investigation of an alleged hate crime.
Main Term(s): Hate Crimes
Index Term(s): Illinois; Interagency cooperation; Prosecution
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