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NCJ Number: 194307 Find in a Library
Title: Rethinking the War Against Hate Crimes: A New York City Perspective
Journal: Criminal Justice Ethics  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:Summer/Fall 1992  Pages:55-61
Author(s): James B. Jacobs
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines implementation of a police-made hate crime reporting policy in New York City.
Abstract: The article questions whether motivation-specific criminal laws and police initiatives can significantly remediate such "deeply entrenched and sordid" problems as racism, anti-semitism, and homophobia. New York City has established a Bias Crime Unit, which is responsible for deciding whether particular crimes are bias-related. This job has sensitive, even potentially explosive, social and political ramifications. The Bias Unit's pronouncement on whether any crime is bias-motivated has itself become a volatile political issue which could exacerbate or even set off conflict. The article describes the need for attention to the country's racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, and gender attitudes and behavior, and efforts toward building a more tolerant and cooperative multicultural society. However, there are doubts that a new law of crime and punishment has much of a role to play in making things better. The country's goal should be a color-blind society and a color-blind criminal justice system, where all crimes are treated evenhandedly. Notes
Main Term(s): Policing innovation
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Discrimination; Hate Crimes; Law reform; New York; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Punishment; State criminal justice systems; State laws
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