Crime Vs Hate Crime

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Every country has its own laws and ways of dealing with crime. In the United States, we are used to the way our laws work and how the courts function. Other countries are used to the way their laws work, however, when you compare the U.S. with other countries there are many differences that are interesting to look at. Many countries struggle with certain crimes that we may not have a very big problem with. You could also face serious jail time in other countries where the U.S. may only give a citation or some community service time. In this paper, I am going to focus on the United Kingdom and a major crime that they struggle with: racial and religious hate crime. The term hate crime was coined in the United States but hate crimes have now …show more content…
Due to this, hate crimes now have higher penalties for crimes designated as being racially aggravated, for example, if the crime is motivated in part by an individual perpetrator’s racial hatred it is considered a racially aggravated crime. Racist violence is defined as “violence against persons or property motivated by racism, ethnocentrism, religious intolerance, or xenophobia” (Bleich p.150). The government in the UK has stepped up the actions taken against racist violence in their country.
They have shifted their focus to the energies of reforming the police and judicial process for prosecuting racially aggravated offenses. There had always been periodic beating, murders, and interethnic riots, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they turned their
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The UK still classifies hate crime the same and the U.S. though, and it is still a crime in both countries. Hate crime seems to be taken more seriously in the UK than the U.S. It is a serious crime in the UK and can be heavily punishable, the UK has increased their intolerance for this crime in recent history. Hate crime is something that shouldn’t be ignored and the UK is making sure that it doesn’t go unnoticed in their criminal justice system.

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