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NCJ Number: 200991 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding the Prevalence and Characteristics of Bias Crime in Massachusetts High Schools, Final Report
Author(s): Michael Shively; Jack McDevitt; Shea Cronin; Jen Balboni
Corporate Author: Northeastern University
College of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Northeastern University
Sale Source: Northeastern University
College of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report details the prevalence of bias and hate-motivated crime in Massachusetts' secondary schools.
Abstract: Hate crimes are defined as criminal offenses committed against a person, property, or society which are motivated by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin. This document presents a brief literature review of previous work focused on explaining the reasons for and prevalence of hate-related crimes. A survey was administered in 30 Massachusetts secondary schools, and the questionnaire focused on four primary types of issues, including student characteristics, crime victimization, reporting of crime, and students’ attitudes and perceptions of school climate. Survey results indicate that multiple bias crimes were found in all of the 30 schools that participated in the survey, with certain groups of individuals, such as African-American and Asian-American students falling victim to disproportionate amounts of hate crime. Homosexual, bisexual, and disabled students and members of religious minority groups, such as Jewish students, also reported high levels of hate-motivated crimes against them. Massachusetts bias crime education and prevention programming needs to be re-examined in order to insure that effective hate-crime strategies are in place in secondary schools. References
Main Term(s): Hate Crimes; Massachusetts
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Bias related violence; Discrimination; Ethnic groups; Profiling; Racial discrimination; Religion
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