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NCJ Number: 136067 Find in a Library
Title: Collection and Analysis of Hate Crime Activities (From Bias Crime and Law Enforcement Response, P 105-111, 1991, Nancy Taylor, ed. -- See NCJ-136058)
Author(s): J P Cook
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 7
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: Gathering data on bias-related crimes and incidents can promote appropriate police responses and help build good will and improve the quality of life in a community.
Abstract: Maryland has enacted a data collection law and gathers information relating to racial, religious, and ethnic conflicts. Reports can be analyzed to determine the nature of the incidents and the emerging trends. Good reporting and analysis will also encourage more reporting by victims, communities, and governmental agencies. A good reporting and analysis system also communicates to victims that government cares. For data collection to be effective, responsibilities for investigations must be clearly specified through agency policies. In Maryland, 5 years of data revealed that most incidents were vandalisms, 30 percent were assaults, 75 percent were racial, 15 percent were religious, many offenders were age 20 and under, and white and black females age 31-50 were often victims.
Main Term(s): Hate Crimes
Index Term(s): Data collections; Maryland; State laws
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