Essay On Hate Crime Effectiveness

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Are Hate Crime Laws Effective? Recent legislations have been passed to control the rate of bias motivated crimes in the United States. Such crimes are referred to as hate crimes and include the targeting of a victim based on their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, disability, etc. Those who take part in hate crimes are to be charged with tougher penalties than those who commit the same crime without bias motivation or, in other words, carry out an act on a victim specifically for something they said or did rather than for a large scale characteristic they possess. Hate crime laws are effective in that they protect the freedoms of the victims as well as prosecute the transgressor. The outrageous violence of hate crimes has shown throughout history. The term “hate crime” was made popular in the 1980s for crimes motivated by race. The KKK, Skinheads, and other White Supremacists were the leading cause in the documented race motivated crimes (“Hate Crime Laws”). Before the term was made popular, the idea of a hate crime was emerging quickly. In …show more content…
Having this act passed gives spectators the opportunity to see the effectiveness of hate crime laws. The National Crime Victimization Survey released statistics in 2014 that stated a decrease from 63% in 2003-2007 to 54% in 2007-20011 of hate crimes being race related (“By the Numbers”). This decrease shows the effectiveness of hate crime laws as well as the Hate Crime Statistics Act. A few years later the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed, and included the Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act of 1994, to define a hate crime and establish increased sentencing for a crime proved to be motivated by prejudice. These two acts opened the door for hate crime awareness and led to opportunities for making a difference in the United States

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