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NCJ Number: 148372 Find in a Library
Author(s): J Brooks
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Cmtte on the Judiciary
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
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Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary accompanies H.R. 1048, which provides for the acquisition and publication of data about crimes that manifest prejudice based on race, religion, homosexuality or heterosexuality, or ethnicity; the report constitutes the committee's recommendation that H.R. 1048 be passed.
Abstract: H.R. 1048 requires the Department of Justice annually to collect statistics for a 5-year period on crimes that manifest prejudice based on race, religion, homosexuality or heterosexuality, ethnicity, or any other characteristic the Attorney General considers appropriate. Currently, only nine States collect data on hate crimes and there are no national statistics on such incidents. Other sections of the report discuss committee consideration, the need for the legislation, and section-by-section analysis of the amendment. Other sections discuss committee action, committee oversight findings, statement of budget authority and tax expenditures, and Congressional Budget Office cost estimate. Also included are oversight findings of the Committee on Government Operations, inflationary impact statement, and committee cost estimate. Eight members of the committee present additional views. They indicate support for the bill but argue that it should go further to require statistics to be kept on crimes committed against union and nonunion members, whether committed by workers, management, or union personnel. A dissenting view by William E. Dannemeyer argues that the scope of the bill should be limited to collecting data on hate crimes motivated by race, color, religion, and national origin, the categories recognized in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Criminal justice information systems; Criminology; Federal Code; Hate Crimes; Victims of Crime
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